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Examining the dark tetrad and its links to cyberbullying

Brown, W and Palace, M (2019) Examining the dark tetrad and its links to cyberbullying. CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 22 (8). ISSN 1094-9313

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Cyberbullying is a growing problem in the fast-evolving world of social media. Although this problem has been studied extensively, there is relatively little research examining it from the angle of the dark tetrad (i.e., Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, Sadism and Narcissism), especially across different ethnicities. In other words, this research makes original contribution by exploring the predictive ability of the dark tetrad traits in individuals of different ethnicities and their subsequent willingness to engage in cyberbullying. The study (N=1464) explores whether there is a positive association between the dark tetrad personality traits and cyberbullying. The results reveal that all four traits predict cyberbullying in participants from across three different ethnicities (Asian, Black and White). Furthermore, female participants score less than their male counterparts across all four traits. Researchers, academics and legislators might potentially benefit from this research by considering focusing their interventions on helping offenders minimize the display of certain personality traits, thus taking steps towards cyberbullying reduction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2019.0172
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences, 0806 Information Systems
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 10:00
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2024 11:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1089/cyber.2019.0172
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11059
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