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Parental attachment and cyberbullying experiences among Malaysian children


Yusup, Sarina and Hassan, Md. Salleh and Abu Samah, Bahaman and Ibrahim, Muhamad Shamsul and Ramli, Nor Sabila and A. Rahman, Nur Atikah and Osman, Mohd Nizam (2018) Parental attachment and cyberbullying experiences among Malaysian children. Pertanika Journal of Scholarly Research Reviews, 4 (1). pp. 67-80. ISSN 2462-2028


The purpose of this article is to illustrate the links between the three factors of parental attachment (i.e., communication, trust, and alienation) and cyberbullying experiences among school-going children. A total of 375 students aged 9 to 16 years old were selected using stratified sampling method from 8 schools in Selangor. The authors adapted a 10-item instrument from the previous studies of Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS) and EUkidsonline scales to assess the cyberbullying prevalence based on two sub-dimensions (online harassment and sex-based bullying). The confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to analyse the construct validity of the scales. Structural equation modelling (SEM) then was used to test the study hypotheses. The final model has an estimated that 10% (R2=.95) of the variance in cyberbullying is explained by parental attachment, indicating only the alienation factor predicted the children’s cyberbullying experiences. The findings, however, supported a differentiated approach to positive parenting.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Institute for Social Science Studies
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Alienation; Communication; Cyberbullying; Internet use; Parental attachment; Trust
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 00:45
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2018 00:45
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/64000
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