The psychosocial impacts of cybervictimisation and barriers to seeking social support: Young people's perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Dennehy, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Cronin, Mary
dc.contributor.author Arensman, Ella
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-01T09:36:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-01T09:36:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020-02-15
dc.identifier.citation Dennehy, R., Meaney, S., Cronin, M. and Arensman, E. (2020) 'The psychosocial impacts of cybervictimisation and barriers to seeking social support: Young people's perspectives', Children and Youth Services Review, 111, 104872. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104872 en
dc.identifier.volume 111 en
dc.identifier.issn 0190-7409
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9801
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104872 en
dc.description.abstract The negative impact of cyberbullying on the mental health of victims is well established. However, qualitative research related to the mental health impacts of cybervictimisation and how these are experienced by young people is scarce. In particular, little is known about young people's perceptions of the association between cyberbullying and suicidal behaviours. This paper reports findings on the mental health impacts of cyberbullying, and barriers to seeking social support, from eleven focus groups with 64 young people aged fourteen to seventeen (53% female), across four secondary schools. Thematic analysis identified two central themes: The Psychological Nature of Cyberbullying (sub-themes include Trapped by the Omni-Presence of Cyber Technology; Negative Overthinking; The Impacts of Negative Overthinking on Young People's Lives; and Suicide as a Means of Escape) and Barriers to Help-Seeking (including sub-themes Needing Help Regarded as Sign of Weakness; Young People Unable to Identify and Express Feelings; Lack of Confidence in Parents Ability to Provide Support; and Inappropriate School Intervention). Cyberbullying was described as more psychological in nature and impact than traditional bullying with increased deleterious effect on the mental health and wellbeing of victims. Victims experience rumination and worry fuelled by the omni-present, pervasive, and permanent nature of cyber interactions. Young people's inability to seek support maintains and exacerbates victimsâ distress. Participants perceived suicide as a viable escape route for young victims defeated and entrapped by cybervictimisation and their own negative thoughts. Interventions should address emotional competence and mental health literacy in young people, as well as empowering support networks including parents, peers, and school personnel, to foster an environment that promotes help-seeking. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (SPHeRE/2013/1) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2020, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Cyberbullying en
dc.subject Entrapment en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.subject Rumination en
dc.subject Suicide en
dc.subject Young people en
dc.title The psychosocial impacts of cybervictimisation and barriers to seeking social support: Young people's perspectives en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Rebecca Dennehy, Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: r.dennehy@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2023-02-15
dc.date.updated 2020-04-01T09:15:50Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 505093897
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Children and Youth Services Review en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress r.dennehy@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 104872 en
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