Research has shown that cyberstalking has lasting psychological, social, and physical effects on victims (Fissel and Reyns, 2019; Worsley et al, 2017; Short et al, 2015) . Varying coping strategies used by victims to deal with cyberstalking have been noted within the literature (Begotti et al 2019; Begotti et al, 2020; Worsley et al, 2017; Nobles et al,2014; Tokunaga et al, 2017), however, a distinct majority of this research has focussed on an adult/young adult student population. A recent literature review has suggested there are three distinct forms of coping strategies victims of cyberstalking use: avoidance or ignorance strategies, confrontation strategies, and support seeking strategies (Kaur et al, 2021). Minimal research has focussed on the victimisation of individuals under the age of 18 and the types of coping strategies this population utilise to deal with cyberstalking.This research will explore the prevalence of cyberstalking (unwanted, persistent and directed behaviour online) victimisation of young people aged 16-25 in Hampshire, and the coping strategies this population adopt in order to deal with this behaviour. Furthermore, correlational analyses will explore the relationship between reported victimisation, and key sociodemographic factors including age, gender identification, education level, and employment status; in addition to social media usage factors including social media engagement levels.Research Questions:
A cross-sectional correlational research design will be conducted to address the research questions. The study consists of an online questionnaire focussing on demographic information; social media site engagement; persistent, unwanted, and directed behaviour online measurement scale; and the Brief COPE scale.