Cybercrime Victimization and Subjective Well-Being: An Examination of the Buffering Effect Hypothesis Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Markus Kaakinen*, Teo Keipi, Pekka Rasanen, Atte Oksanen

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

Abstrakti

The wealth of beneficial tools for online interaction, consumption, and access to others also bring new risks for harmful experiences online. This study examines the association between cybercrime victimization and subjective well-being (SWB) and, based on the buffering effect hypothesis, tests the assumption of the protective function of social belonging in cybercrime victimization. Cross-national data from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Finland (N=3,557; Internet users aged 15-30 years; 49.85 percent female) were analyzed using descriptive statistics and main and moderation effect models. Results show that cybercrime victimization has a negative association with SWB after adjusting for a number of confounding factors. This association concerns both general cybercrime victimization and subcategories such as victimization to offensive cybercrime and cyberfraud. In line with the buffering effect hypothesis, social belonging to offline groups was shown to moderate the negative association between SWB and cybercrime victimization. The same effect was not found in the social belonging to online groups. Overall, the study indicates that, analogously to crime victimization in the offline context, cybercrime is a harmful experience whose negative effects mainly concern those users who have weak social ties offline to aid in coping with such stressors.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut129-137
Sivumäärä9
JulkaisuCYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
Vuosikerta21
Numero2
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - helmik. 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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