Perception, Prevention and Coping Strategies for Cyberbullying among Nursing Students
Keywords:perception, rehospi, coping strategies, nursing students, social network, cyberbullying, Nursing students’ skills
Introduction: In a digital society, cyberbullying can happen at anywhere and at any time. It can negatively impact the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of the cybervictims, which may lead to self-harm.
Research objectives: This survey aimed to examine nursing students’ perception of, prevention of, and coping strategies for victims of cyberbullying.
Research methodology: Sample consisted of 246 nursing students in a nursing college. They were recruited using a stratified random sampling technique between February and March 2020. Instruments included: 1) demographic information and social networking behaviors questionnaire, and 2) perception, prevention and coping strategies for victims of cyberbullying questionnaire. Reliability using Cronbach's alpha yielded a coefficient of 0.85. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation (S.D.).
Results: As online application for social networking, Facebook was the most frequently used (85.37%). More than half of respondents (58.13%) spent more than 4 hours per day on social media. Nearly all respondents (92.68%) reported that their main reason for using social media was for social connection. Overall scores of perception of cyberbullying, prevention of cyberbullying, and coping strategies for victims of cyberbullying were at a high level ( =3.68, S.D.=0.52; =4.11, S.D.=0.62; and =3.83, S.D.=0.70, respectively).
Conclusions: The majority of nursing students spent many hours a day on social net-working site (Facebook). Their perception of, prevention of, and coping strategies for victims of cyberbullying were at a high level.
Implications: Results of this study can be used to enhance accurate knowledge regarding cyberbullying behavior and to promote effectiveness of cyberbullying coping strategies among nursing students.
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