Psychosocial wellbeing, problematic social media use, and cyberbullying involvement among Mongolian adolescents

Badrakh, A., Larkin, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8690-1111, Betts, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Buglass, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8461, 2023. Psychosocial wellbeing, problematic social media use, and cyberbullying involvement among Mongolian adolescents. International Journal of Bullying Prevention. ISSN 2523-3653

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Cyberbullying among adolescents has been increasingly studied throughout the world as it has become a significant public health concern. However, there is a dearth of research on cyberbullying in Mongolia. This study investigated cyber-perpetration and cyber-victimization experiences among Mongolian adolescents aged 14 to 18 (n = 676) and the relationship between psychosocial well-being, social media use, and cyber-perpetration and victimization. The data were analyzed with SPSS 25 (IBM Corp, 2017; Hayes, 2013). Results showed that 30.2% of participants experienced pure cyber-victimization, 19.0% experienced both perpetration and victimization, and 6.7% experienced pure cyber-perpetration often or occasionally in the past 12 months. Being male significantly predicted cyber-perpetration, and no such gender difference was observed for victimization. Age was not related to either cyber-perpetration or victimization. As hypothesized, the results showed that psychosocial well-being directly predicted cyber-perpetration and victimization and indirectly predicted them through problematic social media use (PSMU). The recommendations, implications, and limitations are discussed regarding these findings.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Bullying Prevention
Creators: Badrakh, A., Larkin, R., Betts, L. and Buglass, S.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 4 November 2023
ISSN: 2523-3653
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 Oct 2023 11:00
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2023 13:30

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