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ERIC Number: EJ1154600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Peer Victimization and Related Mental Health Problems in Early Adolescence: The Mediating Role of Parental and Peer Support
Rasalingam, Anurajee; Clench-Aas, Jocelyne; Raanaas, Ruth Kjaersti
Journal of Early Adolescence, v37 n8 p1142-1162 Oct 2017
Peer victimization is a widespread phenomenon especially prevalent in early adolescence. This study investigates the prevalence of peer victimization and its association with mental health problems and impact on everyday life, and the possible mediating effect of parental and peer support. Data are based on a cross-sectional health survey (N = 9,707) among adolescents (10-13 years) and their parents (N = 8,210). The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire was used to measure mental health problems, as well as impact on everyday life. Approximately, 17.6% of boys and 15.3% of girls reported being peer victimized. Both genders had higher symptoms of emotional problems, conduct problems, and hyperactivity than non-peer victimized adolescents. Boys had higher symptoms of emotional problems than girls. All symptom scales were strongly associated with perceived impact on everyday life. Peer and parental support buffer mental health problems among the victimized. Study indicates the importance of interventions strengthening peer support among victimized early adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
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