The Response to Digital Abuse measure uses 5 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 they have responded to personal experiences of digital abuse and how they would respond to hypothetical digital abuse situations involving another person.
1. Below is a list of steps someone could take in response to the things you told us earlier in the survey had happened to you. Please mark each step you, personally took in response to any of the situations you said you had experienced.
Response Options:* I took this step in response I did not take this step in response
2. Thinking about the most recent time you took each of the [above] steps, for each of the steps you took in response to situations you faced, please indicate whether that response did more to make the situation better, did more to make the situation worse, or if it had no effect on the situation.
Response Options:* Made the situation better Made the situation worse Had no effect on the situation Not sure what effect it had on the situation
3. If you saw someone being mean to another person on Facebook, Twitter or another social networking site such as Tumblr, how likely would you be to respond by asking them to stop? 4. If you personally heard someone being mean to another person, how likely would you be to respond by asking them to stop?
Response Options:* Very likely Somewhat likely Not too likely Not at all likely
5. If answered “Not at all likely” in the above questions: Which comes closer to your feelings about why you would be unlikely to ask someone to stop? Would you say that’s more because…
Response Options:* You wouldn’t be comfortable intervening You don’t see anything wrong with this type of behavior
* 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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