In 2010, the International Cyberbullying Think Tank was held in order to discuss questions of definition, measurement, and methodologies related to cyberbullying research. The attendees’ goal was to develop a set of guidelines that current and future researchers could use to improve the quality of their research and advance our understanding of cyberbullying and related issues. This book is the product of their meetings, and is the first volume to provide researchers with a clear set of principles to inform their work on cyberbullying. The contributing authors, all participants in the Think Tank, review the existing research and theoretical frameworks of cyberbullying before exploring topics such as questions of methodology, sampling issues, methods employed so far, psychometric issues that must be considered, ethical considerations, and implications for prevention and intervention efforts. Researchers as well as practitioners seeking information to inform their prevention and intervention programs will find this to be a timely and essential resource.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction Walker, Craven, Tokunaga, Introduction. Part II: Definitional Questions Bauman, Why it Matters. Smith, del Barrio, Tokunaga, Definitions of Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bauman, Underwood, Card, Definitions: Another Perspective and a Proposal for a Beginning with Cyberagression. Part III: Theoretical Framework Espelage, Rao, Craven, Theories of Cyberbullying. Craven, Marsh, Parada, Potent Ways Forward. Part IV: Methods Bauman, Methodology: Why it Matters. Bauman, Sampling. Espinoza, Juvonen, Methods Used in Cyberbullying Research. Underwoord, Card, Moving Beyond Tradition and Convenience. Bauman, Cross, Methods: Guiding Principles. Mishna, Underwood, Milne, Gibson, Ethical Issues. Spears, Zeedberg, Emerging Methodological Strategies to Address Cyberbullying. Part V: Measures Ybarra, Measurement: Why it Matters. Card, Psychometric Considerations for Cyberbully Research. Strohmeier, Ayoyama, Gradinger, Toda, Cyber-victimization and Cyberaggression in Eastern and Western Countries. Rivers, What to Measure? Mishna, Van Wert, Qualitative Studies. Part VI: Implications Campbell, How Research Findings Can Inform Legislation and School Policy on Cyberbullying. Cross. Walker, Using Research to Inform Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention. Yoon, Future Research Questions in Cyberbullying. Cross, Bauman, Walker, Summary and Conclusions.
Sheri Bauman, PhD, is a professor and director of the School Counseling master’s degree program at the University of Arizona.
Donna Cross, EdD, is the Foundation Professor of Child and Adolescent Health in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.
Jenny Walker, PhD, is President of Cyberbullying Consulting Ltd.