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ERIC Number: ED549266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 99
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-5915-5
The Influence of Cyberbullying on the College Objectives of Female Undergraduates Who Were Victims in High School
Vargas, Militza
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Cyberbullying has a negative influence on academic grades, school attendance, and graduation rates, and occurs more frequently among female high school students. The purpose of this study was to analyze the influence of cyberbullying on the college objectives of female undergraduates who were victims in high school. Goleman's theory of emotional intelligence was used as the conceptual framework for this qualitative phenomenological study. The research question involved understanding the experience of cyberbullying in high school and how it has influenced the college objectives of female undergraduate college students. Interviews were conducted with 4 female undergraduates who reported cyberbullying victimization in high school. Interview data were analyzed using descriptions of the interviews to produce themes and patterns to describe how these undergraduates had overcome victimization. Member checking of data and conclusions were conducted. Participants reported anxiety, insecurity, stress, and an inability to concentrate that disrupted their sense of well-being, as well as increased absenteeism, drops in grades, and disengagement from school and friends. Two findings not previously reported in the literature were found. First, the participant's academic setbacks were only temporary and did not threaten their intent to complete high school and attend college. Second, the participants refused to be further victimized by their bullies and feelings of empowerment to achieve their goals were maximized. Implications for positive social change included creating intervention strategies, zero tolerance policies, and educational constructs to address cyberbullying and help students realize their academic potential; this can lead to reduced dropout rates and increased college attendance. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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