Date of Award

Spring 4-6-2017

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. John Mitchell

Abstract

Experiencing cyber bullying has serious consequences for well-being such as increased stress, and lowered self-esteem, life satisfaction, and positive affect. The goal of the current study was to investigate the influences of cyber bullying on well-being. Forty-two participants were asked to complete questionnaires consisting of: The Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS), the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS), Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS), the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Life Orientation Test (LOT), the Social Experience Questionnaire, and a revised version of the Spanish Cyber Bullying Questionnaire (SCBQ). Results showed strong correlations between cyber bullying and increased stress, as well as cyber bullying and lowered positive affect, life satisfaction, and self-esteem. Other factors were not significantly correlated with cyber bullying. This speaks to the possibility of new intervention programs for cyber bullying, ones that target happiness, negative affect, optimism, and social support.


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