The mediating role of depression in the relationship between body image dissatisfaction and cyberbullying perpetration

Balta, S., Emirtekin, E., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. The mediating role of depression in the relationship between body image dissatisfaction and cyberbullying perpetration. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Preliminary evidence suggests that psychopathological factors (e.g., depression) are associated with higher engagement in cyberbullying perpetration, and those with elevated body image dissatisfaction (BID) are more susceptible to depression. However, the possible impact of body image dissatisfaction (BID) on cyberbullying remains untested. The present study examined the direct and indirect relationships of BID with cyberbullying via depression among a sample of 507 university students (mean age, 21.37 years; range 18–44 years). t tests showed that males had a higher prevalence of cyberbullying than females. Structural equation modeling indicated that BID was directly and indirectly associated with cyberbullying via depression among the total sample and males. However, BID was only indirectly related to cyberbullying via depression among females. Depression fully explained the relationship between BID and cyberbullying among females, although there were additional mediating factors between BID and cyberbullying among males. The findings are in accordance with theoretical models suggesting that individuals’ personal characteristics including psychopathological factors are associated with cyberbullying. Furthermore, males attempt to cope with their body image–related psychopathology with more externalizing behaviors than females.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Balta, S., Emirtekin, E., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 25 November 2019
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-019-00151-9DOI
1245540Other
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. 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.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Dec 2019 11:50
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 11:50
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38722

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