ERIC Number: EJ773885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 21
Managing Threat: Do Social-Cognitive Processes Mediate the Link between Peer Victimization and Adjustment Problems in Early Adolescence?
Hoglund, Wendy L.; Leadbeater, Bonnie J.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v17 n3 p525-540 Sep 2007
Peer victimization has been linked concurrently and over time with multiple adjustment problems. However, the reasons for this multi-finality in victimization are not well understood. The current study examines social-cognitive processes (hostile attributions, social perspective awareness, and interpersonal skills) as mediators of the relations between subtypes of peer victimization (relational, physical) and depression and anxiety, social withdrawal, and physical aggression in early adolescence. The overall pattern of associations among subtypes of victimization, social-cognitive processes, and adjustment converged with expectations that victimization biases adolescents' cognitions about peers in conflict situations and skills relating to peers. In turn, these cognitions and skills differentially compromised their ability to regulate diverse emotions or limit reticent behaviors in response to peer threats. Modest gender differences in these associations were found.
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Bullying, Gender Differences, Depression (Psychology), Conflict, Aggression, Peer Relationship, Social Adjustment, Cognitive Processes, Anxiety, Social Cognition
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