The Relationship between Adolescents’ Levels of Hopelessness and Cyberbullying: The Role of Values
Bülent DilmaçCounseling Psychology and Guidance, The Ahmet Keleşoğlu Faculty of Education, Necmettin Erbakan University, Meram, Konya 42090 Turkey
The purpose of this research is to present the relationship of teenagers’ values with their levels of cyberbullying and hopelessness, as well as to test the created model in terms of these relations. This research analyzes the predictive relationships among adolescents’ values, cyberbullying, and hopelessness through the program AMOS 19 in accordance with the structural equation model. Structural equation modeling is a statistical approach that reveals causative and reciprocal relationships between observed and latent variables. The research’s study group has been selected among teenage students in five different schools in Istanbul, one vocational school and four high schools, during the 2015-2016 academic year using the random sampling method. Of the students, 525 are female and 369 are male. The most important independent variable affecting cyberbullying in the model mentioned above is values. The most important independent variable seen in the model affecting hopelessness is also values. Additionally, the second most important variable affecting hopelessness according to the tested model is the level of expected cyberbullying.