Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Social Work

First Advisor

Joseph L. Smith Jr.

Second Advisor

Dr. Joyce M. Goosby

Third Advisor

Dr. Vimala Pillari

Abstract

The purpose of this study examined the Atlanta University Center (AUC) student's perception on adolescent's cyberbullying and offensive discourse in cyberspace. This study measured whether or not does social factors such as: classification, major, ethnicity, age, sex, environment, social status, socio-economic, family history, mental health, social organizations, and social interaction/acceptance influence adolescent's cyberbullying and offensive discourse in cyberspace. The planned methodology included a quantitative inquiry on individual surveyors form Clark Atlanta University (CAU) comprising students. Upon completion, the study suggested that there is not a statistical significance amongst the variables tested. This research will be useful to diverse groups and/or professionals universally— those who study cyberbullying, e.g., social workers, psychologist, educators, researchers, clinicians, counselors and parents, and those who are victims of cyberbullying and offensive discourse in cyberspace. Moreover, this research will serve as an asset, and practical instruction for individuals seeking a better understanding of cyberbullying and offensive discourse in cyberspace.

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