Dark Personality and Cyber Aggression Presentation Accepted for SEPA

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We just had a presentation proposal accepted for the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, which will take place in Atlanta in March. Taylor Bolton a second-year master's student working in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, will present research based on her master's project. Taylor's research focuses on the role of dark personality traits in electronic aggression among college students.

One of the challenges in this area of research involves the lack of consensus in how electronic aggression (aka, cyber aggression, cyberbullying) should be defined and measured (Berne et al., 2013). Taylor is using what appears to be one of the better self-report measures available for emerging adults, the Cyberbullying Experiences Survey (Doane et al., 2013). We anticipate that her findings will provide useful information about the relationship between electronic aggression and offline relational aggression and between various dark personality traits and electronic aggression.

Congratulations, Taylor!

How Mental Health Professionals Can Help With Bullying Prevention

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StopBullying.gov has assembled a useful training module on bullying prevention aimed at mental health professionals, Understanding the Roles of Mental Health Professionals in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts (.pdf file). It reviews information on bullying and its effects, explains many of the roles mental health professionals have in solving the problem of bullying, offers suggestions for how mental health professionals can involve others in their communities, and shares several helpful resources.

It is hoped that making information like this more accessible will allow mental health professionals to approach the complex subject of bullying in a more informed manner and to make a difference in their communities.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention have pulled together some useful resources for anyone struggling with bullying or seeking to learn what they can do to help minimize its impact (see stopbullying.gov).

Although work at the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab focuses on aggressive behavior among young adults and the term
bullying is generally reserved for children, we are happy to see this behavior receiving more attention. Not only does bullying take a toll on the health and well being of children and their families, but it is clear that the effects of bullying during childhood continue to impact people into their adult years.

Stopbullying.gov, a government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is developing an active social media presence at Tumbr, Facebook, and Twitter to raise awareness and provide information about this important topic.

Effects of Bullying Persist Into Adulthood

We know that bullying and relational aggression can cause significant problems during childhood and early adolescence, but it also appears that these problems can persist into adulthood. The scientists interviewed in this video from the National Institute of Mental Health describe some of the findings on the effects of bullying in adulthood.