College Students' Electronic Victimization in Friendships and Dating Relationships: Anticipated Distress and Associations With Risky Behaviors

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This study investigated college students' reports of electronic victimization in friendships and dating relationships. We examined 22 items representing four categories of electronic victimization: hostility, humiliation, exclusion, and intrusiveness. Nearly all participants (92%) reported some electronic victimization in the past year, with males reporting more victimization and females anticipating more distress. Both females and males anticipated more distress from electronic victimization in dating relationships than friendships. More actual experience with electronic victimization related to lower anticipated distress. Electronic victimization was associated with females' alcohol use, even after controlling for other victimization experiences. Discussion focuses on the contextualized nature of electronic victimization, and on the importance of understanding what makes electronic victimization highly distressing for some individuals.

Keywords: DATING RELATIONSHIPS; DISTRESS; ELECTRONIC AGGRESSION; FRIENDSHIPS; RISK BEHAVIORS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.26.4.410

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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  • Violence and Victims discusses theory, research, policy, and clinical practice in the area of interpersonal violence and victimization across such disciplines as psychology, sociology, criminology, law, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, and social work.

    The journal's 2012 Impact Factor is 0.981.
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