Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 7–15 | Cite as

Cyberbullying among Youth with and without Disabilities

  • Robin M. Kowalski
  • Allison Toth


Cyberbullying refers to bullying that occurs through the Internet and text messaging. While strides have been made in understanding the frequency with which cyberbullying occurs and its correlates, only a handful of published studies have examined cyberbullying among individuals with disabilities. Thus, this study examined cyberbullying prevalence rates and correlates among 231 participants age 16 to 20 (M = 19.32) with and without disabilities (51% male; 70.6% Caucasian). The study also examined the influence of disability status on participants’ ability to detect the presence/absence of cyberbullying. Both individuals with and without disabilities displayed high prevalence rates of cyberbullying victimization, with youth with disabilities displaying significantly higher rates. Perpetration rates did not differ significantly between the two groups. Disability status (present/absent) did not influence the ability of participants to detect the presence or absence of cyberbullying. Implications of the findings for prevention/intervention efforts are discussed.


Cyberbullying Disability Victimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUNC-CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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