ERIC Number: EJ697025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Influence of Violent Behavior and Victimization at School on Psychological Distress: The Role of Parents and Teachers
Estevez, Estefania; Musitu, Gonzalo; Herrero, Juan
Adolescence San Diego, v40 n157 p183 Spr 2005
This study examined the role of adolescents' interactions with both parents and teachers in the relationship between violent behavior/victimization at school and adolescent psychological distresss (depression and stress). Participants were 983 Spanish adolescents (mean age 13.7 years) from four public schools in the Valencian Community. Statistical analyses were carried out using structural equation modeling. Results showed victimization to be directly and positively related to psychological distress. Moreover, victimization was associated with negative father-adolescent communication, which mediated a part of the influence of victimization on distress. Regarding school-based violent behavior, no direct effect on psychological adjustment was found. Results showed, however, an indirect effect: violent behavior negatively influenced communication with parents and interaction with teachers which, in turn, was related to poor psychological adjustment. This model accounted for 47.7% of the variance in psychological distress. Findings are discussed in relation to previous research on adolescent psychosocial adjustment, and directions for future research are suggested.
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Violence, Stress Variables, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Adjustment, Psychological Patterns, Depression (Psychology), Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Korean Americans
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