142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Mean: The Statistical Averages of Cyberbullying

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Emily Varner , College for Public Health & Social Justice -Biostatistics, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Alex Berkley , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Clay Litteken , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Julie Ressalam , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
David Courtney , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Due to the exponential growth of technology over the past decade, cyberbullying has become a major public health concern among youth.  While states and schools have been creating laws and programs to address the issue, little research has been conducted on cyberbullying. The minimal research done has not explored racial/ethnic or gender-specific rates. This study examines national survey data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System collected in 2011 and 2013 to determine the change in cyberbullying prevalence over this 2-year time period.  We use weighted binary logistic regression to determine if race/ethnicity, gender, and/or their interactions are significant predictors of cyberbully victimization and examine the geographic variability of cyberbullying rates. The 2011 data show race/ethnicity and gender to be significant predictors. We found that, in 2011, females experience significantly more cyberbullying than males, and Whites experience significantly more cyberbullying than African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. The 2013 data will be analyzed pending release on June 12, 2014, and compared to the 2011 data. Using the results of this analysis, we can most effectively create programs and interventions tailored to specific gender and racial/ethnic groups to help cyberbully victims cope with the negative effects of being cyberbullied. Cyberbullying remains a relevant issue for youth and, most importantly, our study adds to the limited information available on this troubling issue.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify prevalence of cyberbullying among youth by race/ethnicity and gender from the period of 2011-2013 using Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Describe geographic variability of cyberbullying rates among youth across the U.S. using 2011-2013 YRBSS.

Keyword(s): Social Media, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I, Emily Varner, with guidance from our faculty mentors, Dr. Travis Loux and Ryan Murphy, was responsible for (1) the analysis and interpretation of data and (2) the drafting and final approval of the submitted abstract. I am a student pursuing my Masters in Public Health in Biostatistics & Epidemiology. Dr. Loux has given final approval for the submitted abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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