Do victimization experiences accentuate reactions to ostracism? An experiment using cyberball

Ruggieri, Sabrina; Bendixen, Mons; Gabriel, Ute; Alsaker, Françoise (2013). Do victimization experiences accentuate reactions to ostracism? An experiment using cyberball. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7(1), pp. 25-32. IOS Press 10.3233/DEV-1312114

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Based on the notion that the history of victimization has an impact on the sensitivity to current victimization situations this study investigated whether victims of bullying show more pronounced responses to single episodes of social exclusion. We examined whether victimization experiences in school are associated with responses to ostracism in a virtual ball tossing game (Cyberball). We compared two groups of students: 26 victims of bullying and 32 students not involved in bully/victim problems (mean age = 12.12). After playing Cyberball, the victimized students in the ostracism condition scored significantly lower on feelings of meaningful existence compared to the ostracized students not involved in bully/victim problems. These results strongly support the idea that previously victimized students are more affected by experiences of social exclusion than students who are not involved in bully/victim problems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Ruggieri, Sabrina; Gabriel, Ute and Alsaker, Françoise

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

2192-001X

Publisher:

IOS Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannine Sebel

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2014 15:05

Last Modified:

04 Dec 2014 21:33

Publisher DOI:

10.3233/DEV-1312114

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.45241

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/45241

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