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Factors Associated with Cyberbullying Victimisation among Colombian High-School Adolescents


The study’s purpose was to examine the prevalence and explore some factors associated with cyberbullying in high-school adolescents at ​​Santa Marta, Colombia. A cross-sectional study was designed, which participated in students between 13 and 17 years. Participants completed the item for being a victim of cyberbullying of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for high school students designed by the Center for Disease Control of the United States. A total of 1462 students answered the questionnaire (M = 14.4 years, SD = 0.8). 19.6% (n = 287) reported lifetime cyberbullying victimisation. Cyberbullying victimisation was associated with post-traumatic stress disorder risk (OR = 2.05, 95%CI 1.51–2.79), lifetime cigarette smoking (OR = 1.91, 95%CI 1.42–2.57), female gender (OR = 1.68, 95%CI 1.25–2.26), family dysfunction (OR = 1.68, 95%CI 1.18–2.41), and poor-fair health condition (OR = 1.45, 95%CI 1.08–1.95). Being a victim of cyberbullying is frequent among Colombian high-school adolescents. It is associated with post-traumatic stress disorder risk, cigarette smoking, female gender, family dysfunction, and poor-fair general health condition. Longitudinal investigations are needed to measure better the dynamics of cyberbullying and the nature of such associations.

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Carlos Arturo Cassiani-Miranda contributed to the study conception and data interpretation and statistical analysis, drafted the article, and revised and approved the final version. Adalberto Campo-Arias and Carmen Cecilia Caballero contributed to the study design and conception, data interpretation statistical analysis, and revised the intellectual content and approved the final version.


The Research Vice-rectory of the University of Magdalena financed this research through Resolution 0347 of 2018 (Call Fonciencias 2017).

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Cassiani-Miranda, C.A., Campo-Arias, A. & Caballero-Domínguez, C.C. Factors Associated with Cyberbullying Victimisation among Colombian High-School Adolescents. Journ Child Adol Trauma 15, 27–36 (2022).

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  • Cyberbullying
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors
  • Adolescents
  • Students
  • Cross-sectional studies