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content analysis. A comprehensive list of the academic definitions can be found in
The second phase of analysis will took place with the various laws addressing the
specific term "cyberbullying." Hinduja and Patchin (2013) as well as National Conference of
State Legislators have identified states that have proposed or passed house and senate bills
concerning cyberbullying and electronic harassment. Currently, 48 states have laws that
address both cyberbullying and electronic harassment. Sixteen states address
cyberbullying specifically. State legislation that do not address "cyberbullying" specifically
were excluded on the basis that this study is purposed around defining this term.
3.6 Data Analysis
A Google Spreadsheet was created and shared with three other reviewers as to
provide validity to the coding process. The definitions were entered per row in the
spreadsheet. Emergent coding was used to identity codes found in existing the definitions.
Once the definitions are coded, themes were identified. Additionally, codes were calculated
as to identify the frequency and sum of appearances among the various academic
definitions. Descriptive statistics were used to provide additional information regarding
3.6.1 Coding Procedure
In content analysis, a specific procedure is identified and followed throughout the
coding process. The process for this study is broken down in the following illustration
(Figure 1). At each stage of the coding procedure, juried analysis was used to ensure 100%
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Winn, Matthew R. Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying", dissertation, August 2013; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc283860/m1/46/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .