A meta-analysis of Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying victimization in Higher Education

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A meta-analysis of Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying victimization in Higher Education

Dr Anna Bussu & Dr Nicholas Longpré*
School of Law, Criminology and Policing, Edge Hill University

Background: Cyberbullying and cyberstalking can lead to social, physical, and psychological health problems and have long-term negative impacts on victims. Students and academic staff present an increased risk regarding cyber-victimisation, both in and outside of university campus; therefore, understanding more about this phenomenon will enhance identification and support of victimisation.
There is a gap in the literature relating to cyberstalking and cyberbullying behaviour among students and staff on university campuses. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of implementing research projects, and have stressed the need to develop new protocols and best practices to prevent cyberbullying and cyberstalking in an academic context.
Aims: The paper explores the risk factors and impact of cyberstalking and cyberbullying on the everyday lives of students and staff and the potential strategies to counteract cybervictimisation.
Methodology: Full searches were conducted in February 2021 on PsycINFO, PubMed and Scopus, in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Sixty-one articles were deemed eligible for inclusion in the systematic review: 48 examined cyberbullying, 10 examined cyberstalking and 3 articles examined both crimes. A meta-analysis was conducted on the articles providing empirical data.
Data analysis: A meta-analysis of studies overall and summary current evidence for each of our research aims was conducted using SPSS version 28. Main results: Our analysis contributes additional evidence concerning the prevalence of cyberbullying and cyberbullying in higher education. Results are contributing to towards the development of effective prevention strategies and inform best-practices and policy for victims of cyberbullying/cyberstalking.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2022
EventEurocrim Conference- University of Malaga - Spain, Malaga, Spain
Duration: 21 Sept 202224 Sept 2022
Conference number: 22


ConferenceEurocrim Conference- University of Malaga
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