Internet-Addiction, Psychopathy and Cyber Bullying Perpetration in College Students

Author: Jassia Sheikh
Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2014-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present study was aim to investigate the relationship among excessive use of internet, psychopathy and cyber bullying perpetration. It was hypothesized that there is a positive relationship among cyber bullying internet addiction and psychopathology and predictors of cyber bullying perpetration were also assessed. The sample comprised of 191 college students (N = 191), including 94 girls and 97 boys. The Young‘s internet addiction test (Young, 1998), the short D3 (Paulhus & Jones, 2011) and Cyber Bullying Perpetration Questionnaire (Savage, 2012) were used to assess the internet addiction, psychopathy and cyber bullying respectively. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was conducted to see the relationship of psychopathy and internet addiction with cyber Bullying perpetration. Results revealed that there was a significant positive relationship of internet addiction and psychopathy with cyber bullying perpetration. Further Hierarchical Regression Analysis was conducted to find out the predictors of cyber bullying perpetration. It was revealed that Internet addiction, psychopathy and age positively predicted cyber bullying perpetration whereas gender was not predictor of cyber bullying perpetration. It was concluded that excessive use of internet Addiction and psychopathic personality trait were related to cyber bullying perpetration. Further researches can be conducted to find out more indicators of cyber bulling perpetration and victimization.

Keywords: Internet-Addiction, Psychopathy, Cyber Bullying Perpetration.
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