The Association of Cyber-Bullying and Adolescents in Religious and Secular Schools in Israel

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Abstract

Internet usage during leisure time is a growing area of research, especially among adolescents. Our aim was to evaluate the association between Internet usage patterns of religious and secular adolescents, exposure to cyber-bullying, and psychosomatic symptoms in Israel. A cross-sectional study was carried out using questionnaires administered to 7166 students aged 11–17 (4223 secular; 2943 religious). Cyber-bullying was more common among secular students (11.4%) than religious students (8.4%). Multiple logistic regression predicting cyber-bullying showed significant results for boys, primary school age, Internet usage, bad moods, sleeping disorders, and dizziness. A comparison across school levels and between the education sectors did not show major differences in the probability to experience bullying. However, different characteristics played the role in explaining propensity to that experience. These findings can help to plan school-level oriented intervention programs to educate adolescents on prudent use of the Internet to combat the spread of cyber-bullying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2095-2109
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Cyber-bullying
  • Internet usage
  • Psychosomatic symptoms
  • Religious adolescents

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