Self-esteem, empathy and their impacts on cyberbullying among young adults

Balakrishnan, Vimala and Fernandez, Terence (2018) Self-esteem, empathy and their impacts on cyberbullying among young adults. Telematics and Informatics, 35 (7). pp. 2028-2037. ISSN 0736-5853

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2018.07.006

Abstract

This paper investigated the impacts of self-esteem and empathy on cyber bullies, victims and bystanders. Additionally, it also examined their impacts on emotional responses experienced, and actions taken by the perpetrators, victims and bystanders. Self-administered surveys were used to gather data from a large sample of 1263 young adults, mostly university students in Malaysia (Mage = 20.9 years; SD = 1.22). The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Toronto Empathy Scale were used to measure self-esteem and empathy, respectively. Binary logistic regressions revealed no significant impacts of self-esteem and empathy on the participants, regardless of their roles. However, self-esteem was found to have significant relationships with victims’ feeling angry and reporting a cyberbullying incident. As for bystanders, self-esteem also had significant relationships with feeling angry, sad, victim-pity and defending the victims. Empathy had no significant relationships with any of the actions and emotional responses for bullies, victims and bystanders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyberbullying; Self-esteem; Empathy; Perpetrator; Victim; Bystander; Young adults
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 00:45
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2019 00:45
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22362

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