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(p. 77) Cyber-bullying and Suicide: Is There a Link? What Are the Roles of Traditional Bullying and the Media? 

(p. 77) Cyber-bullying and Suicide: Is There a Link? What Are the Roles of Traditional Bullying and the Media?
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(p. 77) Cyber-bullying and Suicide: Is There a Link? What Are the Roles of Traditional Bullying and the Media?
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Sheri Bauman

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0007
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date: 19 November 2019

Adolescent suicide is a serious health issue, and its relation to experiences with cyber-bullying is the focus of this chapter. Here the particular challenges of research on cyber-bullying are described, and with those caveats in mind, a summary of relevant studies is provided. Findings regarding gender, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation are presented. Risk factors for suicidal behavior (thoughts, plans, and attempts) are discussed with a focus on the particular role of cyber-bullying. Depression as a mediator is considered as well. Studies suggest that those who are victimized by both traditional and cyber forms of bullying are at increased risk for suicidal behavior. The role of media in publicizing suicides of victims of cyber-bullying is discussed. Resources for a variety of audiences are listed and described.

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