ERIC Number: EJ1096972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Cyber Victimization and Depressive Symptoms in Sexual Minority College Students
Ramsey, Jaimi L.; DiLalla, Lisabeth F.; McCrary, Megan K.
Journal of School Violence, v15 n4 p483-502 2016
This study investigated the relations between sexual orientation, cyber victimization, and depressive symptoms in college students. Study aims were to determine whether sexual minority college students are at greater risk for cyber victimization and to examine whether recent cyber victimization (self-reported cyber victimization over the last 30 days) predicts depressive symptoms beyond traditional victimization and perceptions of high school cyber victimization. Findings from 634 college students (ages 18-22) across 25 U.S. states demonstrated significant relations between sexual minority status, particularly homosexual identification, and cyber victimization. The highest levels of depressive symptoms were reported by participants with high levels of both high school and recent cyber victimization and participants who reported high levels of both recent traditional victimization and recent cyber victimization. Findings should be used as a foundation for interventions geared to the sexual minority population.
Descriptors: Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, Victims, Depression (Psychology), Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Minority Groups, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), College Students, Correlation, Intervention, Student Attitudes, Online Surveys, Aggression, Measures (Individuals), Peer Relationship, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale