Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 71–79 | Cite as

Cyberbullying and Internalizing Difficulties among Indigenous Adolescents in Canada: Beyond the Effect of Traditional Bullying

  • Ryan BrollEmail author
  • Caely Dunlop
  • Claire V. Crooks


Most research on bullying and cyberbullying has focused on dominant populations. In particular, inquiries into Indigenous adolescents’ involvement in bullying and cyberbullying are scarce. The present study examines the relationship between bullying and cyberbullying involvement and self-reported depression, anxiety, and stress among a sample of 170 Indigenous adolescents (54% female; M age = 15.2 years). Controlling for age and gender, the results of a series of hierarchical multiple regression models indicate that cyberbullying victimization uniquely contributes to self-reported anxiety and stress among Indigenous adolescents, beyond the contribution of traditional bullying victimization. The implications of these findings are discussed.


Cyberbullying Internalizing difficulties Indigenous Canada 


Compliance with Ethical Standards


This project was supported by Health Canada’s Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund [6558–15-2014/7870109].

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationWestern UniversityLondonCanada

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