The influence of moral disengagement, morally based self-esteem, age, and gender on traditional bullying and cyberbullying

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Robson, Claire and Witenberg, Rivka T.. (2013). The influence of moral disengagement, morally based self-esteem, age, and gender on traditional bullying and cyberbullying. Journal of School Violence. 12(2), pp. 211 - 231. https://doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2012.762921
AuthorsRobson, Claire and Witenberg, Rivka T.
Abstract

The current study investigated moral disengagement, morally based self-esteem, age, and gender as predictors of traditional bullying and cyberbullying. The participants were 210 Australian school students aged 12 to 15, evenly split between males and females. Salient predictors of traditional bullying were overall moral disengagement, and the specific practices of moral justification and diffusion of responsibility. Furthermore, overall moral disengagement and the specific practices of diffusion of responsibility and attribution of blame predicted cyberbullying. Morally based self-esteem did not influence either form of bullying. Age predicted cyberbullying, with a greater tendency for older students to bully than younger students, while gender predicted involvement in traditional bullying, with boys more likely to bully than girls. Implications for antibullying interventions in schools are suggested.

Keywordstraditional bullying; cyberbullying; moral disengagement; self-esteem; age; gender
Year2013
JournalJournal of School Violence
Journal citation12 (2), pp. 211 - 231
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1538-8220
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2012.762921
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84875991422
Page range211 - 231
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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