Experimental data on conformity to cyber aggressive norms in early adolescents’ messaging app groups, May & June 2018 and September & October 2019
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Behavioural and educational sciences
Key wordsconformity; cyber aggression; WhatsApp; group centrality; accountability; early adolescents; messaging apps
These datasets contain the anonymized clean data used for analyses in the research described in the Computers in Human Behavior paper “The effects of group centrality and accountability on conformity to cyber aggressive norms: Two messaging app experiments” by Bleize and colleagues. The paper aimed to examine the effects of group centrality (the subjective importance of a group) and accountability (being accountable for one’s actions) on conformity to cyber aggressive group norms. The paper included two experiments in which participants took part in a scripted WhatsApp conversation (no real discussion). During the scripted conversation, adolescents judged the appropriateness of several cyber aggressive behaviors after viewing their ostensible peers’ responses, which were manipulated to be positive towards cyber aggression. The scripted conversation was used to measure conformity to cyber aggressive norms. Participants’ judgements and their answers to other questions are reflected in the datasets for each experiment. The data were collected in May and June 2018 (Experiment 1) and September and October 2019 (Experiment 2) at secondary schools across The Netherlands. A full description of the data collection, processing, and analyses is given in the Methodology files. The codebooks describe the variables and items included in the study. The syntax files contain the steps of data analyses that were performed in order to get the results as described in the paper.