Differential associations among cyberbullying victimization, parental monitoring, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in male and female college students

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Lee, Jaegoo
Kim, Jinwon
Lee, Heekyung
Park, Jinhee
Mallonee, Jason
Lee, Jeoung Min

Jaegoo Lee, Jinwon Kim, Heekyung Lee, Jinhee Park, Jason Mallonee & Jeoung Min Lee (2023) Differential Associations Among Cyberbullying Victimization, Parental Monitoring, and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Male and Female College Students, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/26408066.2023.2230204


Purpose This study aimed to examine the role of parental monitoring and help seeking in the relationship between cyberbullying victimization and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in male and female college students.

Method Data were collected for 336 college students (71.72% female and 28.28% male) aged 18 to 24 or older years from two universities in the Midwest and the South Central regions.

Results Logistic regression indicated the interaction term of cyberbullying victimization and parental monitoring was negatively related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors in a male group (B?=??.155, p?<?.05, Exp(B)?=?.86).

Discussion Male students whose parents monitored about being safe on the computer had dramatically fewer suicidal thoughts/behaviors. In both male and female groups, seeking professional help was not a significant moderator that weakened the relationship.

Conclusion There is a need for additional research on the importance of prevention and intervention efforts to foster open dialogue between students and their parents.

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