Cyberbullying and Race: A Literature Review

By Maria Peterson and Kristina A. Peterson.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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This paper examines the current literature addressing the association between racial factors and cyberbullying. This review contributes to current knowledge on the topic of cyberbullying and examines possible links between cyberbullying behaviors and specific racial groups. It will also identify gaps within the literature that will lead to further research opportunities. An extensive literature review was conducted using scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles through the use of the Texas Woman’s University library search engine, ERIC/Ebscohost. Searching peer-reviewed journals for primary research material identified relevant research concerning cyberbullying and race. A total of 14 research databases were searched for publications spanning from 2003-2013, with key articles obtained primarily from Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete, and ERIC. Outcomes from this literature review identified an urgency to facilitate further research, specifically in regard to cyberbullying and race. Much literature exists on studies examining whole group effects of cyberbullying; however, little has focused on specific racial subgroups and the effects of cyberbullying. This literature review allows for gaps in research to be further publicized and studied. It also provides support when discussing cyberbullying and its effects on various racial subgroups.

Keywords: Cyberbullying, Race, Bullying, Victimization, Social Media

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 441.877KB)).

Maria Peterson

Doctoral Student, Teacher Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA

Maria B. Peterson, M.Ed. is a doctoral candidate studying special education at Texas Woman’s University. Her extracurricular activities and community service include: student member of Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Learning Disabilities, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, American Educational Research Association, Teacher Education Division (CEC), and Golden Key National Honor Society. She is the 2013-2014 doctoral student representative for the Texas Woman’s University Graduate Council and serves as membership chair for the Graduate Student Council. Her research interests include: bullying, pre-service teacher training, and successful inclusion practices. She currently works as a graduate assistant at Texas Woman’s University and has an expected graduation date of May 2014.

Dr. Kristina A. Peterson

Assistant Professor, Counseling, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, USA

Kristina A. Peterson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of counseling at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. In addition to core counseling classes, she teaches clinical mental health counseling and topics in substance abuse. Dr. Peterson serves as the Field Placement Liaison for Clinical Mental Health and School Counselors at Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus and provides individual and group supervision for practicum students and school counseling interns.