Identifying risk factors associated with adolescent cyber-deviance in Australia: Implications for policy and practice

Russell Brewer, Tyson Whitten, Morgan Sayer, Colette Langos

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Little systematic attention has been given to the specific digital settings and contexts in which cyber-deviance occurs. As a result, many of the preventative programs developed or recommendations made are not necessarily evidence based. Identifying and articulating evidence-based approaches to developing effective interventions for young people is critical due to the serious social and economic harms associated with increasing levels of cyber-deviance (Brewer et al. 2018; Cale et al. 2019; Livingstone et al. 2010; 2011). Importantly, much research suggests the development of effective interventions relies on the accurate identification of factors known to contribute to delinquency (Andrews & Bonta 2010; Dowden & Andrews 1999; Koehler et al. 2013). A substantial body of research has identified risk factors associated with deviance in offline settings. Dynamic risk factors that are relatively stable across time (including those relating to behavioural functioning, propensity for risk taking and parenting practices) tend to have a strong influence on the risk of delinquency in offline settings, and may also be a precursor for serious and persistent anti-social behaviours (Farrington,2010; Moffitt et al. 1996). Fortunately, given that these stable risk factors often first manifest at an early age, vulnerable youth can be prospectively identified early in life, and subsequently prioritised for indicated prevention programs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherUniversity of Adelaide
Commissioning bodyCyber Security Cooperative Research Centre
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


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