The Perception of Digital Abuse as Problem measure uses 2 items from the MTV and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Digital Abuse Survey. It asks young people (14-24 years old) how serious of a problem they view digital abuse and if it is something that should be addressed or accepted as inevitable.
1. Many of the activities described in this survey-harassing people online or via cell phone, impersonating others online to embarrass them, using text messaging to control and excessively keep tabs on them-are sometimes called “digital abuse.” In general, how serious of a problem do you think digital abuse is for people your age?
Response Options:* Very serious Somewhat serious Not too serious Not at all serious
2. Which of the following best describes how you feel about digital abuse?
Response Options:* These things called digital abuse are just a part of life, and people shouldn’t get worked up about them These things called digital abuse are a big problem for society and should be addressed
* Numeric codes for the Response Options above were not provided in the original report.
Tompson, T., Benz, J. & Agiesta, J. (2013). The digital abuse study: Experiences of teens and young adults. https://apnorc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AP-NORC-Center-and-MTV_Digital-Abuse-Study_FINAL.pdf
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