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Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People

  • Heidi Vandebosch
  • Lelia Green


  • Describes innovative, narrative approaches for research and interventions addressing cyberbullying

  • Highlights how new technologies provide opportunities for storytelling onabout cyberbullying

  • Offers cutting-edge tools for researchers seeking to investigate and support young people impacted by cyberbullying behaviour

  • Combines insights from different disciplines (communication science, psychology, computer science,…) and countries (Australia, Belgium, Ireland, U.S., …) onregarding cyberbullying narratives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Heidi Vandebosch, Lelia Green
    Pages 1-6
  3. Cyberbullying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  4. Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Lelia Green, Kathleen Van Royen, Anne Vermeulen
      Pages 47-60
    3. Hans Hoeken, Hanny den Ouden
      Pages 61-74
  5. Narrative Research Methods in Cyberbullying Research

  6. Narratives in Cyberbullying Interventions Aimed at Young People

  7. Narratives and Community-Level Responses

About this book


This book describes innovative ways to do research about, and design interventions for, cyberbullying by children and adolescents.  It does this by taking a narrative approach. How can narrative research methods complement the mostly quantitative methods (e.g. surveys, experiments, ….) in cyberbullying research ? And how can stories be used to inform young people about the issue and empower them? Throughout the book, special attention is paid to new information and communication technologies, and the opportunities ICTs provide for narrative research (e.g. as a source of naturally occurring stories on cyberbullying), and for narrative health interventions (e.g. via Influencers).

The book thus integrates research and insights from the fields of cyberbullying, narrative methods, narrative health communication, and new information and communication technologies.


Mental health of children and adolescents Narrative research methods Health communication Social media and bullying Digital technology and cyberbullying

Editors and affiliations

  • Heidi Vandebosch
    • 1
  • Lelia Green
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Edith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia

About the editors

Heidi Vandebosch (Ph.D.) is Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, and member of the MIOS research group at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She has been conducting research on cyberbullying (prevalence, profiles of bullies and victims, impact, evidence-based interventions, the role of schools, the police and news media) since 2005. Heidi was member of the Management Committee of COST action IS0801 “Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings”. She is the promotor of several large-scale research projects on cyberbullying, such as “Friendly ATTAC” (an interdisciplinary project, aimed at the development of an evidence-based game against cyberbullying), “Cyber-shoc” (an interdisciplinary project on cyberbullying and emotional reactions in school, home and organizational contexts) and “CyberWood” (a project on celebrity-bashing and its possible impact on online peer aggression). Heidi has published more than 60 papers on cyberbullying in journals such as: "Aggressive Behavior",  “Cyberpsychology and Behavior”, “New Media and Society”, “European Journal of Developmental Psychology”, “Computers in Human Behavior”, “Journal of Children and Media”, “Media Psychology” and “Health Communication”. Heidi was also part of the IRSES HealthNar programme, that brought together reknown international scholars from health psychology, media psychology, health communication, arts, and interactive communication to study health narratives.

Lelia Green (PhD) began researching the role of the internet in the lives of Australian families in 2002. Since that time she has won over $2 million in funding with Australian Research Council grants, examining the digital lives of children from babyhood through to young adults. In 2006 she started working with the EU Kids Online Network and remains committed to long-term research partnerships with European collaborators. Lelia's work with 9-16 year olds in international contexts has bought home to her the vital importance of supporting children who experience cyberbullying.  It was this awareness and these interests that drew her to work with Professor Heidi Vandebosch via the European Commission-funded Marie Curie Actions International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, from which this book arose. Lelia is Professor of Communications in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia).

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