Sara Pabian

Health Narratives


Sara Pabian

Universiteit van Antwerpen


Sara is a post-doctoral researcher (Research Foundation Flanders; FWO Vlaanderen) at the Department of Communication Studies, research group MIOS (Media, ICT, and Interpersonal Relations In Organisations and Society) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).

Sara obtained her master’s degree in Communication Studies at the KULeuven and her master’s degree in Journalism at the Lessius College University. In 2015, she obtained her PhD in Communication Sciences at the University of Antwerp. For her dissertation, she used a developmental perspective on personal and situational predictors and outcomes of adolescent cyberbullying perpetration.


Sara’s main field of interest concerns adolescents’ use of ICT and how adolescents interact with each other via new media.

Currently, she investigates the long-term effectiveness of coping strategies used by adolescent victims of cyberbullying. With this project, she aims to advance knowledge and understanding about how victims cope with cyberbullying and whether these strategies are effective in the long run. In order to investigate this, she currently conducts a five-wave longitudinal study, a retrospective study and narrative interviews.


Cyberbullying; online harassment; adolescents; victims; perpetrators; bystanders; developmental perspective; coping strategies

Key publications

Pabian, S., & Vandebosch, H. (2016). An investigation of short-term longitudinal associations between social anxiety and victimization and perpetration of traditional bullying and cyberbullying. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(2), 328-339.

Pabian, S., & Vandebosch, H. (2016). Developmental trajectories of (cyber)bullying perpetration and social intelligence during early adolescence. Journal of early adolescence, 36(2), 145-170.

Pabian, S., & Vandebosch, H. (in press, 2016). (Cyber)bullying perpetration as an impulsive, angry reaction following (cyber)bullying victimization? In M. Walrave, K. Ponnet, E. Vanderhoven, J. Haers, & B. Segaert (Eds.), Youth 2.0: Social Media and Adolescence: Connecting, sharing and empowering (pages). New York, NY: Springer.

Wegge, D., Vandebosch, H., Eggermont, S., & Pabian, S. (2016). Popularity through online harm : the longitudinal associations between cyberbullying and sociometric status in early adolescence. Journal of early adolescence, 31(1), 86-107.

Pabian, S., & Vandebosch, H. (2015). Short-term longitudinal relationships between adolescents’ (cyber) bullying perpetration and bonding to school and teachers. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi:10.1177/0165025415573639

Pabian, S., De Backer, C., & Vandebosch, H. (2015). Dark Triad personality traits and adolescent cyber-aggression. Personality and individual differences, 75, 41-46.

Bastiaensens, S., Pabian, S., Vandebosch, H., Poels, K., Van Cleemput, K., DeSmet, A., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2015). From normative influence to social pressure: How relevant others affect whether bystanders join in cyberbullying. Social Development, 25(1), 193-211.

Pabian, S., & Vandebosch, H. (2014). Using the theory of planned behaviour to understand cyberbullying : the importance of beliefs for developing interventions. European journal of developmental psychology, 11(4), 463-477.

Van Cleemput, K., Vandebosch, H., & Pabian, S. (2014). Personal characteristics and contextual factors that determine “helping”, “joining in”, and “doing nothing” when witnessing cyberbullying. Aggressive behavior, 40(5), 383-396