Research finds factors leading to cyber-bullying different to traditional bullying

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has published a study where the results point towards’ traditional’ and ‘cyber’ bullying originate for different reasons.

Professor Hemphill found that academic failure, family conflict and past bullying behavior were the main factors leading to episodes of traditional bullying.

Of these, only past behavior, in the form of relational aggression, was a factor leading to incidents of cyber-bullying.

Relational aggression refers to covert forms of bullying such as exclusion and spreading rumours.

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