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Conflict Management Styles and Cybervictimization: Extending Routine Activity Theory

NCJ Number
252224
Date Published
Author(s)
James Hawdon, Matthew Costello, Thomas Ratliff, Lori Hall, Jessica Middleton
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Annotation
In attempting to determine whether online conflict management styles influence the likelihood of cyber victimization, this study used an online survey of youth and young adults recruited from a demographically balanced sample of Americans, using an extended version of routine activity theory to examine how two conflict resolution styles - self-help and toleration - affected the target suitability of online users and, in turn, their likelihood of being a victim of cyber crime.
Abstract
The study findings indicate that individuals who adopt the confrontational conflict resolution style of self-help upon witnessing hostile behavior online are at an increased risk of being victimized; however, tolerating online conflict does not significantly influence the likelihood of victimization, compared to other online behaviors and sociodemographic characteristics. (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: March 3, 2019