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Cybersexual Harassment and Suicide 

Cybersexual Harassment and Suicide
Cybersexual Harassment and Suicide

Fabian M. Saleh

, Barry N. Feldman

, Albert J. Grudzinskas

, Simha E. Ravven

, and Richard Cody

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date: 13 June 2021

Bullying and cyberbullying are widespread problems among youth. Recent studies found that 28% of U.S. students ages 12 to 18 reported they were bullied at school and 43% of 13- to 17-year-olds were cyberbullied during the previous year. Cyberbullying has profound negative effects on both victims and bullies. Involved youths are more likely to perform poorly in school and suffer psychological distress. Adolescents involved in cyberbullying are more likely to experience depressive symptoms, and to self-injure and contemplate and attempt suicide. Both victimhood and perpetration are associated with criminal behavior as well. This chapter will examine the connections between bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide from a developmental perspective. Definitions and prevalence data on bullying and cyberbullying will be presented as well as legal responses to cyberbullying.

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