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Bullying in individuals with cleft lip and palate: A Twitter analysis
  • Yasemin Nur Korkmaz,
  • Semiha Arslan,
  • Suleyman Kutalmış Buyuk
Yasemin Nur Korkmaz
Abant Izzet Baysal University Faculty of Dentistry
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Semiha Arslan
Abant Izzet Baysal University Faculty of Dentistry
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Suleyman Kutalmış Buyuk
Ordu University
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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the bullying in individuals with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) by Twitter analysis. Materials and Methods: Twitter’s advanced search function was used while the term ‘cleft lip and palate’ was kept constant, and the selected keywords were ‘bully’, ‘bullying’, ‘bullied’ and ‘teased’. A total of 150 tweets that met the criteria were selected. The data were qualitatively evaluated by thematic analysis and the themes were determined based on this analysis. Results: Most of the tweets were posted by a layperson (76%). Also, nearly half of the tweets were categorized in the theme ‘personal experience of being bullied’ (43%). The tweets were distributed according to their uploader status as CLP subjects (46%), irrelevant individuals (28%), and parents of CLP subjects’ (26%). Of the 150 tweets evaluated, 74 were identified as negative, while 25 were identified as neutral and 51 as positive. No significant differences were detected in retweet and like numbers between negative, neutral, and positive comments (P > .05). Conclusions: This is the first study in the literature regarding the bullying suffered by individuals with CLP using Twitter data. Twitter is a social media platform for bullying victims with CLP to share their experiences and seek for social support.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

15 May 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
18 May 2021Assigned to Editor
18 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
01 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned