Linkages between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment among young regular Internet users

Ybarra ML. Linkages between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment among young regular Internet users. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2004;7(2):247-257. Abstract: Recent reports indicate 97% of youth are connected to the Internet. As more young people have access to online communication, it is integrally important to identify youth who may be more vulnerable to negative experiences. Based upon accounts of traditional bullying, youth with depressive symptomatology may be especially likely to be the target of Internet harassment. The current investigation will examine the cross-sectional relationship between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment, as well as underlying factors that may help explain the observed association. Youth between the ages of 10 and 17 (N = 1,501) … [Read more...]

Sex differences in youth-reported depressive symptomatology and unwanted Internet sexual solicitation

Ybarra ML, Leaf PJ, & Diener-West M. Sex differences in youth-reported depressive symptomatology and unwanted Internet sexual solicitation. J Med Internet Res. 2003;6(1): e5. Abstract: BACKGROUND: As the number of youths using the Internet regularly increase, so too does the number of youths potentially vulnerable to negative experiences online. Clinicians, policy makers, and parents need to better understand the Internet and factors related to positive and negative experiences online. OBJECTIVE: Primarily to investigate the association between youth-reported depressive symptomatology and unwanted Internet sexual solicitation and secondarily to identify sex differences in related characteristics of affected youth. METHODS: Data from the Youth Internet Safety Survey were analyzed … [Read more...]

Children with reported histories of sexual abuse: utilizing multiple perspectives to understand clinical and psychosocial profiles

Walrath C, Ybarra M, Holden EW, Liao Q, Santiago R, Leaf P. Children with reported histories of sexual abuse: utilizing multiple perspectives to understand clinical and psychosocial profiles. Child Abuse Negl. 2003;27(5):509-24. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The current study examines multiple empirically based perspectives (i.e., child, caregiver, and clinician) of behavior and functioning as they contribute to the clinical and psychosocial profile of children (aged 5 to 17.5 years) with reported histories of sexual abuse. METHOD: A large, multi-site data set of children referred into Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services both with and without reported histories of sexual abuse, was examined. Seven hundred and fifty-nine children with a reported history of sexual abuse were … [Read more...]

Female offenders referred for community-based mental health service as compared to other service-referred youth: correlates of conviction

Walrath C, Ybarra M, Wayne Holden E, Manteuffel B, Santiago R, Leaf P. Female offenders referred for community-based mental health service as compared to other service-referred youth: correlates of conviction. J Adolesc. 2003;26(1):45-61. Abstract: Data from a large federally supported national evaluation of system-of-care community mental health services were analysed to identify correlates of conviction. Female adolescents with a reported history of criminal conviction (n=88) were compared to three other service-referred youth groups: females without conviction histories (n=664), males with conviction histories (n=199), and males without conviction histories (n=1230) for possible differences in number and type of family, individual, and school-related life challenges. Multinomial … [Read more...]