Understanding the correlates of face-to-face and cyberbullying victimization among U.S. adolescents: a social-ecological analysis

Jun Sung Hong, Jungup Lee, Dorothy L. Espelage, Simon C. Hunter, Desmond Upton Patton, Tyrone Rivers, Jr.

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Using a national sample of 7,533 U.S. adolescents in grades 6-10, the present study compares the social-ecological correlates of face-to-face and cyberbullying victimization. Results indicate that younger age, male sex, hours spent on social media, family SES (individual context), parental monitoring (family context), positive feelings about school, and perceived peer support in school (school context) were negatively associated with both forms of victimization. European American race, Hispanic/Latino race (individual), and family satisfaction (family context) were all significantly associated with less face-to-face victimization only, and school pressure (school context) was significantly associated with more face-to-face bullying. Peer groups accepted by parents (family context) were related to less cyberbullying victimization, and calling/texting friends was related to more cyberbullying victimization. Research and practice implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-663
Number of pages25
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number4
Early online date27 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


  • adolescents
  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • social-ecological framework
  • victimization

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