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Antisocial Behaviors: Bullying and Cyberbullying

  • By: Anthony J. Roberto
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Antisocial behavior is intentionally acting in a way that can cause physical or emotional harm to other people or their property. Antisocial behavior includes a wide continuum of aggressive acts ranging from overt behaviors such as physical fighting, open violation of social rules, and public defiance of authority, to covert acts such as deceitfulness, theft, and vandalism. Antisocial behaviors can also include a variety of other high-risk activities that society finds disagreeable, such as sexual promiscuity or drug and alcohol abuse. Bullying and cyberbullying are also forms of antisocial behavior that are linked to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults.

Bullying

According to Dan Olweus, one of the foremost experts on bullying, bullying is when someone intentionally and repeatedly: (1) says mean and hurtful ...

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