Is Cyber Aggression a New Form of Social Aggression?: An Examination of the Frequency and Motivations for Using These Behaviours

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Lamb, Megan




The current study examined the frequency and motivations for using social aggression and cyber-social aggression against a friend in the past school year. 429 students (females, n =227) completed a set of self-report measures. The majority of youth (86%) indicated using social aggression and half (51%) of students reported using cyber-social aggression against a friend in the past school year. Girls reported using more socially aggressive behaviours than boys, with no sex differences for cyber-social aggression. Factor analytic results indicated a five factor model for both the Motivations
for Social Aggression Scale (Acceptance, Revenge, Amusement, Jealousy, Anonymity), and the Motivations for Cyber-social Aggression Scale (Jealousy, Revenge, Amusement, Social Image, Anonymity. Results have implications for the study of social and cyber-social aggression, and highlight the importance of addressing the motivations for using these behaviours when developing future interventions. ​


Psychology - Developmental




Carleton University

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