Predictors of Anonymous Cyber Aggression: The Role of Adolescents' Beliefs About Anonymity, Aggression, and the Permanency of Digital Content

  title={Predictors of Anonymous Cyber Aggression: The Role of Adolescents' Beliefs About Anonymity, Aggression, and the Permanency of Digital Content},
  author={Michelle F. Wright},
  journal={Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking},
  volume={17 7},
  • Michelle F. Wright
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
Little attention has been given to whether adolescents' beliefs about anonymity and their normative beliefs about cyber aggression jointly increase their perpetration of cyber aggression. To this end, the present longitudinal study examined the moderating influence of these variables on the relationships among adolescents' attitudes toward the permanency of digital content, confidence with not getting caught, and anonymous cyber aggression (ACA) assessed 1 year later (Time 2). These… 

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