Please Browse Responsibly: A Correlational Examination of Technology Access and Time Spent Online in the Barlett Gentile Cyberbullying Model
Publication date: Available online 9 November 2018
Source: Computers in Human Behavior
Author(s): Christopher P. Barlett, Cory S. Madison, J. Bailey Heath, Caroline C. DeWitt
The current research examined the plausibility of adding participant age, time spent online and perceptions of country technology access to the Barlett Gentile Cyberbullying Model (BGCM) – a theoretical model used to predict cyberbullying perpetration. One hundred and sixty-four US adults completed questionnaires that assessed the aforementioned variables and measures for cyberbullying behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions. Path modeling results showed that the postulates of the original derivation of the BGCM were supported. Possibly extending the model, additional results showed that cyberbullying attitudes and perpetration were both negatively correlated with perceptions of country technology access and positively correlated with time online. We discuss these results in terms of theory development.