The development and psychometric investigation of the cyberbullying scale

Regan W. Stewart, Christopher Drescher, Danielle J. Maack, Chad Ebesutani, John Young

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Abstract

Accurate assessment of cyberbullying is essential for intervention planning and evaluation. Limitations to many currently available self-report measures of cyberbullying victimization include a lack of psychometric information and a limited scope (i.e., not assessing multiple electronic mediums of cybervictimization). To address these limitations, we developed and investigated the psychometric properties of a broad self-report measure of cyberbullying, the Cyberbullying Scale (CBS). We examined the factor structure and reliability of the CBS across 736 students in Grades 6 to 12 in six Northern Mississippi schools. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) results indicated that the structure of the CBS was best represented by a one-factor model. The finding of a single-factor structure suggests that cyberbullying is a unidimensional construct, which is consistent with previous research. In the current sample, the CBS demonstrated strong psychometric properties, including excellent internal consistency (Cronbach's α =.94) and significant positive correlations with related constructs of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Results from the present study provide initial support for the CBS as a measure of cybervictimization among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2218-2238
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume29
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Bullying
Psychometrics
Self Report
Statistical Factor Analysis
Mississippi
Loneliness
Crime Victims
Anxiety
Depression
Students

Keywords

  • Cyberbullying
  • Factor analysis
  • Instrument development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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The development and psychometric investigation of the cyberbullying scale. / Stewart, Regan W.; Drescher, Christopher; Maack, Danielle J.; Ebesutani, Chad; Young, John.

In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 29, No. 12, 01.01.2014, p. 2218-2238.

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Stewart, Regan W. ; Drescher, Christopher ; Maack, Danielle J. ; Ebesutani, Chad ; Young, John. / The development and psychometric investigation of the cyberbullying scale. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2014 ; Vol. 29, No. 12. pp. 2218-2238.
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