Cybervictimization, offline victimization, and cyberbullyingthe mediating role of the problematic use of social networking sites in boys and girls

  1. Belén Martínez-Ferrer
  2. Celeste León-Moreno
  3. Cristian Suárez-Relinque
  4. Gonzalo Del Moral-Arroyo
  5. Gonzalo Musitu-Ochoa
Psychosocial Intervention

ISSN: 1132-0559

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 30

Issue: 3

Pages: 155-162

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5093/PI2021A5 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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  • Web of Science Cited by: 11 (15-10-2023)
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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2021
  • Journal Impact Factor: 4.583
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 4.361
  • Article influence score: 0.865
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 29/148 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2021
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.883
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: Social Psychology Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 73/302
  • Area: Applied Psychology Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 80/250
  • Area: Developmental and Educational Psychology Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 103/355

Índice Dialnet de Revistas

  • Year 2021
  • Journal Impact: 1.880
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 11/111
  • Field: SOCIOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 1/73


  • Social Sciences: A+

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2021
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 6.9
  • Area: Developmental and Educational Psychology Percentile: 93
  • Area: Social Psychology Percentile: 92
  • Area: Applied Psychology Percentile: 87

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI)

  • Year 2021
  • Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.47
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(Data updated as of 19-12-2023)
  • Total citations: 15
  • Recent citations (2 years): 14
  • Field Citation Ratio (FCR): 9.02


ABSTRACT The aim of the present study was to examine the mediating role of the problematic social networking sites use (PSNSU) in the relationship between both cybervictimization and offline victimization and cyberbullying in boys and girls. The sample consisted of 2,011 adolescents (50.67% boys and 49.32% girls), aged between 12 and 18 years old (M = 14.17, SD = 1.47), enrolled in schools in Andalusia, Spain. To examine this objective, mediation model 4 (parallel mediation) of the PROCESS macro was used. The results showed that both cybervictimization and offline victimization are positively related to cyberbullying directly and indirectly through PSNSU. Moreover, it was observed that boys victimized both online and offline demonstrated a higher involvement in cyberbullying, whereas girls reported a higher PSNSU. However, the PSNSU mediating effect was not moderated by gender. Finally, the results and their practical implications are discussed.

Funding information

Cite this article as: Martínez-Ferrer, B., León-Moreno, C., Suárez-Relinque, C., Del Moral-Arroyo, G., & Musitu-Ochoa, G. (2021). Cybervictimization, offline victimization, and cyberbullying: The mediating role of the problematic use of social networking sites in boys and girls. Psychosocial Intervention, 30(3), 155-162. Funding: This study was funded by the project “Problematic use of social networking sites and continuities between traditional bullying and cyberbullying from a gender perspective”, reference: UPO-1265142 (UPO/ERDF, UE), financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the Regional Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Innovation of Andalusia. Correspondence: (C. León-Moreno).


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