Predictors of cyber-victimization of higher-education students with and without learning disabilities

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Higher-education institutes today face an uphill battle in trying to restrain online misbehavior. This study examined the cyber-victimization experience of 1,052 higher education students with and without learning disabilities. All participants completed five online questionnaires regarding cyber-victimization, social support, self-perception, well-being, and body perception. Results revealed that compare to students without learning disabilities a higher proportion of students with learning disabilities reported cyber-victimization. Positive associations were found between students with learning disabilities and cyber-victimization, and negative correlations between students with learning disabilities, self-perception and well-being. Regression analysis indicated that for students with learning disabilities, predictors of cyber-victimization were low social support, low self-perception, and being female, whereas for students without learning disabilities, the predictors were low social support, low well-being, and low body perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-222
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2019


  • Disabilities
  • higher education
  • media
  • risk

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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