The Startling Link Between Cyberbullying and Suicide

Posted on July 13, 2016

Carla Jamerson, Zoe Johnson, and Audrie Pott have one thing in common: They committed suicide as an alleged result of cyberbullying. None of them was older than 15.

Psychologists have established four personality traits that may explain a person’s willingness to inflict pain and suffering on others: narcissism, psychopathy, sadism, and deception. Called the “Dark Tetrad,” this combination of traits may explain why some teens are able to taunt, harass, and bully others online — sometimes to the point of no return.

In a 2013 study, 3.6 percent of students reported being cyberbullied with hurtful information online. While that number may seem small, its ramifications can be huge: research by JAMA Pediatrics in 2014 established that cyberbullying was strongly related to suicidal ideation, particularly in comparison to traditional bullying.


Category(s):Suicide Prevention

Source material from What is Psychology?


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