David SmithFollow




School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Paul Tapper, Kurt Michael


Cyberbullying, HEXACO, Moral Disengagement, Online Disinhibition


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Online and Distance Education | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


There is an increasing problem in high schools across America with the threat of cyberbullying from both a perpetration and victimization standpoint. Cyberbullying is a problem for many youth because of the inability to escape the use of technology and the incapability of escaping the online community. This non-experimental predictive correlational study examined personality traits, using the HEXACO personality structure model, to predict the susceptibility of freshman high school students either being perpetrators or victims of cyberbullying. There were a total of 256 participants who took the Cyberbullying and Online Aggression survey along with the HEXACO personality model survey. This study took place at a large rural high school in Upstate South Carolina and all participants were 9th graders between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. Results showed a statistical significant relationship between Honesty-Humility and Conscientiousness and cyberbullying perpetration. There was also a statistical significant relationship found between Emotionality, Extraversion, and Conscientiousness and cyberbullying victimization. This study has contributed to the literature in the area of cyberbullying perpetration and victimization by identifying specific HEXACO personality traits as predictors. A future study that examines gender, race, and socioeconomic status with regards to personality is recommended to see if those variables could have a statistical significant relationship with cyberbullying perpetration or victimization.