Parental care and family support as moderators on overlapping college student bullying and cyberbullying victimization during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Lee, Jeoung Min
Choi, Hailey Hyunjin
deLara, Ellen

Jeoung Min Lee, Hailey Hyunjin Choi & Ellen deLara (2022) Parental Care and Family Support as Moderators on Overlapping College Student Bullying and Cyberbullying Victimization during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/26408066.2022.2094744


Purpose The study examined whether parental care and family support moderate the association between school bullying victimization and cyberbullying victimization among college students by applying the social anthropological approach and social control theory.

Method Data were collected for 261 college students (57.9% female) aged between 18 to 24 or older from a university in the Midwest region of the United States. A latent moderated structural equations approach was utilized.

Results The data revealed that bullying victimization was positively associated with cyberbullying victimization. Moreover, parental care was a significant moderator between bullying victimization and cyberbullying victimization.

Discussion These findings have implications of preventing victims of bullying becoming victims of cyberbullying. Parental involvement especially needs to be emphasized for college students’ cyberbullying prevention and intervention programs.

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