ERIC Number: EJ1151480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Predictive Effects of Social Anxiety on Increases in Future Peer Victimization for a Community Sample of Middle-School Youth
Mulder, Saskia F.; Hutteman, Roos; van Aken, Marcel A. G.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v41 n5 p588-596 Sep 2017
This longitudinal study focused on clarifying the direction of effects between social anxiety and victimization in a community-based sample. In addition, we studied the moderating effect of gender on this association. A total of 1,649 children (45% boys, approximately 12 years old) of 65 secondary-school classes participated in the study. Self-reports and peer nomination data of victimization as well as self-reports of social anxiety were gathered in the fall of Grade 1 (T1, wave one) and in the spring of Grade 1 (T2, wave 2). Latent multiple-group cross-lagged analyses were conducted. Results showed that higher social anxiety scores predicted incremental change in future peer- and self-reported victimization in boys, but not in girls, over and above the stability of victimization. Reverse cross-lagged effects of victimization predicting incremental change in future social anxiety, were not found. Although gender differences were significant, they were small.
Descriptors: Anxiety, Longitudinal Studies, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Victims, Peer Relationship, Prediction, Secondary School Students, Statistical Analysis, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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