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Lincoln Memorial University Journal of Social Sciences

Abstract

In the United States, cyberbullying has become a major public health concern. Because there is a difference between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party on their philosophies involving laws and government interventions related to the control of electronic communications, it is important to know if there is a difference between political partisanship and cyberbullying. Data were collected in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 using a three-stage cluster sample design, which produced a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9–12 who attended public and private schools. Initially, this study employed Poisson regression, which is a parametric statistic, in an attempt to answer the research question. However, the model did not adequately fit the data. As a result, another approach was employed using a nonparametric statistic. As an alternative to avoid the distributional assumptions associated with Poisson regression, generalized estimating equations (GEE) was used. The findings revealed that there was no significant difference between political parties and the percentage of female students who were electronically bullied in their respective jurisdictions.

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