The Relationship between Cyber Bullying and Victimization and Childhood Traumas in University Students


Akarsu Ö. , İnan Budak M. , Okanlı A.

2 nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIFE AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, İstanbul, Turkey, 27 - 29 June 2019, pp.120

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.120

Abstract

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