Title
Exposure to cyberbullying as a bystander : an investigation of desensitization effects among early adolescents Exposure to cyberbullying as a bystander : an investigation of desensitization effects among early adolescents
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Elmsford, N.Y. ,
Subject
Psychology
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Computers in human behavior. - Elmsford, N.Y.
Volume/pages
62(2016) , p. 480-487
ISSN
0747-5632
ISI
000378952300049
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The purpose of the present study was to examine whether (repeated) exposure to cyberbullying as a bystander has an impact on early adolescents' moral evaluations in terms of a decrease in empathy and a shift towards a more tolerant attitude towards cyberbullying. A two-wave panel study with a 6-month time interval was conducted among a sample of 1412 adolescents aged 1013. Cross-lagged panel analysis was used to investigate relationships over time between being a bystander of cyberbullying, empathic responsiveness towards distressed others, and the attitude towards cyberbullying, while taking into account involvement in cyberbullying as a victim or a perpetrator. The results indicate a negative relationship between standing by at Time 1 and empathic responsiveness at Time 2. In other words, exposure to cyberbullying as a bystander at Time 1 predicted subsequent lower levels of empathic responsiveness at Time 2. The attitude towards cyberbullying at Time 2 was not influenced by seeing more cyberbullying acts at Time 1. Further implications of the results for prevention and intervention, and for future research are discussed.
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