The association between the mental health and behavioural problems of students and their reactions to cyber-victimization
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Law and Justice
Cyber-victimization is associated with mental health and behavioural problems and, consequently, young people need effective coping strategies. This study examined the relationship between the aggressive, assertive and passive actions of students after cyber-victimization and their mental health and behavioural problems. In total, 472 students reported being cyber-victimized (primary n = 101, secondary n = 371) and taking action. Student actions did not predict depressive or emotional symptoms. Students who responded aggressively used significantly fewer assertive strategies, had more conduct and hyperactivity problems, more overall difficulties, and fewer prosocial behaviours than students who responded assertively but not aggressively. Primary students reported more emotional symptoms and peer problems than secondary students. This study has important implications for the type (e.g., prosocial ICT skills, assertive skills training) and timing of the support provided to students who are cyber-victimized.