A social-ecological approach to understanding the relationship between cyberbullying victimization and suicidal ideation in South Korean adolescents: The moderating effect of school connectedness

Jungup Lee, Jongserl Chun, Jinyung Kim, Jieun Lee, Serim Lee

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Abstract

Background: Cyberbullying victimization and suicidal ideation are both ongoing delete-rious social problems in South Korea. Using the social-ecological approach, this study examined the association between cyberbullying victimization and suicidal ideation as well as the buffering role of school connectedness in this relationship. Methods: A nationally representative sample of 7333 adolescents from the 2016 Korean Children and Youth Right Study participated in the study. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Wald chi-square test, bivariate correlations, and multivariate logistic regression analyses. Results: Nearly 17.7% of adolescents were cyberbullied, and 28.4% had suicidal ideation in the past 12 months. Cyberbullying victims were at an increased risk of suicidal ideation. The results also found that parental abuse, family dysfunction, and perceived peer relationship stress were positively associated with suicidal ideation, while parental support for autonomy was negatively associated with suicidal ideation. Further, school connectedness moderated on the relationship between cyberbullying victimization and adolescent suicidal ideation. Conclusions: These findings suggest that various stakeholders should consider interventions and preventive programs that address school connectedness when working with adolescents who are victims of cyberbullying and exhibit suicidal behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10623
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Cyberbullying victimization
  • School con-nectedness
  • Social-ecological approach
  • South Korean adolescents
  • Suicidal ideation

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