publication . Article . 2020

Cyberbullying through the lens of social influence: Predicting cyberbullying perpetration from perceived peer-norm, cyberspace regulations and ingroup processes

Valentina Piccoli; Andrea Carnaghi; Michele Grassi; Marta Stragà; Mauro Bianchi;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2020
  • Publisher: Pergamon/Elsevier
  • Country: Portugal
In the present research we analyzed the social influence mechanisms that back the relation between peer group norms regarding cyberbullying behaviors and individual cyberbullying perpetration. In a sample of adolescents (N = 3511, age: M = 16.27, SD = 1.58), we showed that the relation between perceived peer-norm and cyberbullying perpetration was moderated by two distinct social influence mechanisms. Specifically, when individuals' lack of knowledge regarding appropriate behaviors in cyberspace (i.e., cyberspace regulations), levels of perceived peer-norm regarding cyberbullying behaviors positively influence the participants' engagement in cyberbullying perpet...
free text keywords: Cyberbullying, Social influence, Social identity, Peer-norm, Identification, Prototypicality, :Ciências Naturais::Ciências da Computação e da Informação [Domínio/Área Científica], :Ciências Sociais::Psicologia [Domínio/Área Científica], :Humanidades::Outras Humanidades [Domínio/Área Científica], Human-Computer Interaction, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), General Psychology, Psychological intervention, Norm (social), Peer group, Ingroups and outgroups, Psychology, Social psychology, Cyberspace
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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