Target Suitability as a Factor of Online Harassment: Case of University Students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan

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Dr. Asghar Ullah Khan, Arshad Ali, Shabeer Ullah, Rashid Ishaq, Faisal Shahzad, Dr. Farhat Ullah, Muhammad Zameer Assadi, Muhammad Huzaifa Bin Salih


The main objective of the research study was to measure the relationship of online target suitability with the chances of online harassment that faced by the universities students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The concept of target suitability was adopted from Routine Activity Theory (RAT). It was a descriptive and survey analytical research. The population of the study was six top HEC ranked universities students of KP. 800 Students were selected from these 6 universities. The collected data were processed, tabulated, explained and interpreted through multiple regression analysis. The findings of the studies reveal that the target suitability in online activities of the young adults increases the likelihood of cyber harassment. In the light of the said findings, certain major recommendations were made in order to achieve the maximum benefits of the study.

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