Childhood emotional abuse and cyberbullying perpetration among adolescents: the mediating role of trait mindfulness

Emirtekin, E., Balta, S., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. Childhood emotional abuse and cyberbullying perpetration among adolescents: the mediating role of trait mindfulness. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Preliminary studies have indicated that childhood emotional maltreatment (i.e., abuse and neglect) can be associated with higher cyberbullying perpetration (CBP) among university students. The purpose of the present study was to test the direct and indirect effects of childhood emotional abuse (CEA) on CBP via trait mindfulness and trait emotional intelligence (TEI). A total of 470 adolescent students participated in the study and completed a questionnaire comprising measures of the aforementioned variables. Path analysis showed that trait mindfulness, but not TEI, was a partial mediator between CEA and CBP among the total sample, males, and females. Results indicated that there were other factors that explain the relationship between CEA and CBP in addition to lower mindfulness. These findings suggest that developing mindfulness-based intervention programs for adolescents who have been emotionally abused as a child may reduce their engagement in cyberbullying. This study is the first to document the direct role of CEA on CBP and indirect via trait mindfulness among adolescents.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Emirtekin, E., Balta, S., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 23 January 2019
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-019-0055-5DOI
Rights: Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. © The Author(s) 2019.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 30 Jan 2019 12:06
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 13:30
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35731

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