Examining the predictive roles of cyber victimization, gender, revenge, and empathy on cyber bullying perpetration

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019




This study investigates whether gender, cyberbullying victimization, revenge, emotional empathy and cognitive empathy are possible predictors of cyberbullying perpetration. Sample was selected among university students and 852 (460 female, 392 male) participants responded to the study survey. In this study, the survey included a Demographic Information Form, Basic Empathy Scale (BES), The Vengeance Scale (VS), and The Revised Cyber Bullying Inventory for University Students. Research design of this study was quantitative correlational design and hierarchical multiple regression was utilized to examine the research question. According to results, males were cyber bullying perpetrator more than females. Also, the results showed that while cyber victimization, revenge and gender were positively correlated, emotional and cognitive empathy were negatively related to cyber bullying perpetration. Furthermore, interaction terms which are gender and cyber victimization, gender and revenge, gender and cognitive empathy were positively predicted, gender and emotional empathy interaction negatively predicted the cyber bullying perpetration. Also, cyber victimization and emotional empathy, cyber victimization and cognitive empathy interactions were negatively predicted the cyber bullying perpetration. However, cyber victimization and revenge interaction was positively predicted the cyber bullying. Moreover, results showed that being male, having revenge feelings, low level empathy and experiences of cyber victimization predicted cyber bullying perpetration.