By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

General Strain Theory argues that individuals who experience strain, and as a result of that strain feel angry or frustrated, are more at risk to engage in criminal or deviant behavior. Results indicated that youth who experienced strain or anger and frustration were more likely to bully others than those who had not experienced strain or anger/frustration. Similarly, youth who reported strain or anger/frustration were more likely to participate in cyberbullying.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2010). Cyberbullying research summary:
Cyberbullying and strain. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from

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