The Blame Game: Perceptions of Blame, Responsibility and Seriousness in Cyberbullying

Penney, Megan C. (2015) The Blame Game: Perceptions of Blame, Responsibility and Seriousness in Cyberbullying. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Cyberbullying is gaining increasing media attention. Victims may be reluctant to report such bullying due to the perception by others that these victims somehow play a role in their own victimization. This perception, often referred to as victim blame, has been commonly researched in child sexual abuse, rape and hate crime cases, but it has not really been examined in cases of cyberbullying. To assess victim blame, 241 participants were recruited and asked to read a scenario of cyberbullying that involved either a 14-year-old or a 20-year old victim. Perpetrator gender and victim gender were also manipulated. It was found that perceptions regarding the scenario were influenced by the gender of the perpetrator and the age of the victim. This was particularly the case when perceptions of the seriousness of the crime and the necessity for legal action were assessed.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 12186
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 29-35)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission

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