publication . Article . 2016

Implicit theories of online trolling: Evidence that attention‐seeking conceptions are associated with increased psychological resilience

Heather D. Flowe; Michelle O'Reilly; John Maltby; Caren Frosch;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2016 Journal: British Journal of Psychology, volume 107, pages 448-466 (issn: 0007-1269, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Three studies were conducted to investigate people’s conceptions of online trolls, particularly conceptions associated with psychological resilience to trolling. In Study 1, factor analytic analysis of participants’ ratings of characteristics of online trolls found a replicable bifactor model of conceptions of online trolls, with both a general factor of general conceptions towards online trolls being identified, but five group factors (attention-conflict seeking, low selfconfidence,\ud viciousness, uneducated, amusement) as most salient. In Study 2, participants evaluated hypothetical profiles of online trolling messages to establish the validity of the five fa...
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