Publication

Cyber-victimization and popularity in early adolescence: Stability and predictive associations

Publication, 2012

Outline

P. Gradinger, D. Strohmeier, E. M. Schiller, E. Stefanek, C. Spiel - Cyber-victimization and popularity in early adolescence: Stability and predictive associations - European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2012, pp. 228-243

Abstract

The present study examined: (1) the one-year stability of cyber-victimization; (2) the temporal sequence of cyber-victimization and traditional victimization; and (3) popularity and perceived popularity as possible antecedents and consequences of cyber-victimization and traditional victimization. The sample comprised 665 early adolescents (356 boys, 309 girls) aged 11.63 (SD 0.84) at Time 1. Data were collected using self- and peer reports. To test for the temporal sequence a cross-lagged panel design was used. Traditional victimization, popularity and perceived popularity were moderately stable for both boys and girls. Cyber-victimization was neither stable during a oneyear period, nor could it be predicted by traditional victimization, popularity or perceived popularity. Instead, cyber-victimization fostered popularity in girls. The implications of these findings are discussed.