The Impact of Violence in Cyberspace on the Subjective Well-being of Adolescents



The article presents the results of an analysis of the relationship between psychological violence in cyberspace and adolescents' assessments of their well-being (subjective well-being – SWB). The sample consisted of three groups of respondents who reported different levels of trolling, online attacks, and the publication of personal information, including of a sexual nature. The conducted study demonstrates that cyber violence disrupts the normalization of life, based on the understanding that one's life is no worse than others. A significant decrease in all SWB indicators occurs in the case of the victim's personalization of violence. Adolescents are most dissatisfied with their safety, consideration of their opinions, internal networks, and social contexts. Reluctance to turn to teachers and psychologists in school leads to the fact that the majority of adolescents – victims of cyber violence – remain without professional assistance, with all the consequences described in the literature on the subject.

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Keywords: cyberviolence; cyberbullying; adolescents; safety; subjective well-being.

Journal rubric: Safety and Law

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The study was carried out within the framework of the state assignment of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation from 08.02.2023 № 073-00038-23-01 “Analysis of socio-psychological, psychological and pedagogical technologies for the support of minors who have suffered from offenses, violence or ill-treatment or who have witnessed such illegal actions, development and testing of comprehensive methodological materials for specialists of bodies and institutions of the system for the prevention of neglect and juvenile delinquency”.

Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful for assistance the HSE University Research Program.

Received: 28.11.2023


For citation: Semya G.V., Zaitsev G.O., Zaytseva N.G., Telitsyna A.Yu. The Impact of Violence in Cyberspace on the Subjective Well-being of Adolescents [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo = Social Sciences and Childhood, 2023. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 32–46. DOI: 10.17759/ssc.2023040302. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Galina V. Semya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Developmental Psychology named after Professor L.F. Obukhova" Faculty of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Professor of the Department of Psychological Anthropology of the Institute of Childhood of the Moscow Pedagogical State University., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Georgy O. Zaitsev, PhD in Physics and Matematics, Docent, independent researcher, programmer, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nadezhda G. Zaytseva, Independent Researcher, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Aleksandra Y. Telitsyna, PhD in Biology, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector, Associate Professor, School of Politics and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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