The confirmation comes from a further study proposed in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: cyberbullying can amplify the symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in young people. This is affirmed by the research group led by the professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami Philip D. Harvey.
The researcher, together with colleagues, studied 50 young people hospitalized for psychiatric problems between the ages of 13 and 17, focusing in particular on cases of cyberbullying in relation to the use of social media and the Internet in general. The study included, among other things, the analysis of questionnaires filled in by the participants themselves concerning possible childhood trauma and cyberbullying itself.
20% of the children reported that they had been victims of at least one case of cyberbullying in the last two months prior to completing the questionnaire. Half of those who reported cases of bullying said they had been bullied by text messages on Facebook. Other cases saw the use of photos or videos, instant messages and chat room messages.
Researchers noted that those who had been bullied showed a higher level of severity than post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anger. The study also confirmed that boys who had been bullied in the past had a higher risk of being bullied again.
The research also confirmed that cyberbullying can cross all economic classes and ethnic origins and that the amount of time spent on the Internet and social media cannot be considered a risk factor for cyberbullying.
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