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Self-Compassion: A Proposed Moderator of the Relationship Between Bullying Victimization and Risk -Taking Behaviors

Hank, Crystal A. and Cohn, Tracy and Hastings, Sarah L. and Christensen, Niels (2017) Self-Compassion: A Proposed Moderator of the Relationship Between Bullying Victimization and Risk -Taking Behaviors. [Dissertation]

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Research reflects a relationship between bullying victimization and risk-taking behaviors. Specifically, individuals who have experienced bullying victimization have also been found to engage in higher rates of risk-taking behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship, and to propose a potential moderator, self-compassion. It was hypothesized that individuals who had experienced bullying victimization, in middle or high school, would report higher frequencies of risk-taking behavior in young adulthood. However, those who had been victimized but who had higher ratings of self-compassion would report fewer risk-taking behaviors than those who had experienced the victimization and reported lower ratings of self-compassion. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between earlier experiences of bullying and risk-taking behaviors during the college age. Regression analyses indicated that experiences of bullying significantly predicted sexual risk-taking. Self-compassion was not found to moderate this relationship between experiences of bullying and risky sexual behaviors. Keywords: Bullying, Risk-Taking Behaviors, Self-Compassion, College Population

Item Type: Dissertation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Radford University > College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Crystal Hank
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 12:35
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/329

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