Cyberbullying and traditional bullying: The experiences of poly-victimization among diverse youth

Zachary R. Myers, Susan M. Swearer, Meredith J. Martin, Raul Palacios

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This study sought to advance the authors' understanding of the relationship between traditional bullying (i.e., verbal and physical) and cyberbullying. Data were collected from 1,182 participants, ages 13 to 25 (M = 19.66; SD = 3.03) from 75 different countries via an on-line, world-wide survey. Results found that participants experienced both in-person bullying and cyberbullying (i.e., poly-victimization). Additionally, bisexual, pansexual, or queer participants reported more frequent cyberbullying victimization when compared to both heterosexual and gay or lesbian participants. Sexual minority participants also reported victimization through significantly more electronic sources. Specifically, gay and lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer participants reported higher numbers of victimization modalities when compared to heterosexual participants. Results from this study expand the authors' awareness of the poly-victimization experiences of youth and young adults and fill in important gaps in understanding these experiences for diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-60
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Technoethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Electronic bullying
  • LGBTQ youth and young adults
  • Sexual and gender minority youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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