Date of Award

January 2014

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Megan V. Smith

Abstract

Interpersonal violence is a prevalent public health issue. Cyberbullying and intimate partner violence (IPV) are two types of interpersonal violence that have major health and wellbeing consequences. The primary goal of this study is to understand the relationship between victimization and perpetration of cyberabuse in teen dating relationships and two types of self-efficacy: general self-efficacy and coping self-efficacy. Secondarily, this study aims to understand how cyberabuse in teen dating relationships is associated with depression, anxiety, and childhood trauma. Study participants were 51 high school girls. No significant relationships were found between perpetration and either type of self-efficacy. Trends towards significance were found for the relationship between victimization and coping self-efficacy. There was a significant relationship between both victimization and perpetration and childhood trauma, such that childhood trauma predicted victimization and trended towards predicting perpetration. There was also a relationship between victimization and anxiety. Results of this study can be used to develop age- and gender-appropriate interventions and prevention programs for adolescent girls.

Comments

This is an Open Access Thesis.

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