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Aim: This study aims to identify the level of childhood trauma, cyberbullying and
victimization among university students and to investigate the relationship between them.
Methods: The research universe consisted of 350 students, who agreed to participate in this
study, of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at a university in Istanbul in the 2017-
2018 academic year. Data were collected using ‘Information Form’, ‘Childhood Trauma
Scale’, Cyberbullying Scale ’and Cybervictimization Scale’. Data were analyzed by using
SPSS-21 program at a 95% confidence interval and p <.05 significance level through
descriptive statistical tests, Pearson Correlation, Kruskal Wallis and Mann Whitney-U test.
Results: The cyberbullying behavior and cyber victimization of the students were very low
and childhood traumas were significantly higher. There was a statistically significant positive
correlation between cyber victimization scores and cyber bullying scores (r = 0.396, p =
0.000). As the level of cyber victimization of the students increased, the level of
cyberbullying increased. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between
cyber victimization and cyber bullying scores and childhood trauma scores (r=0,268, r=0,590,
p=0,000, respectively). It was observed that as the level of childhood trauma of the students
increased, the level of being a cybervictim and cyberbully increased. Cyberbullying,
cybervictimization and childhood traumas showed significantly differences according to
socio-demographic and internet usage characteristics.
Key words: Cyberbullying, cybervictimization, childhood traumas, university students