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ERIC Number: EJ779869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Peer Relationships and Internalizing Problems in Adolescents: Mediating Role of Self-Esteem
Bosacki, Sandra; Dane, Andrew; Marini, Zopito
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v12 n4 p261-282 Dec 2007
This study examined whether self-esteem mediated the association between peer relationships and internalizing problems (i.e., depression and social anxiety). A total of 7290 (3756 girls) adolescents (ages 13-18 years) completed self-report measures of peer relationships, including direct and indirect victimization, social isolation, friendship attachment (alienation and trust) and friendship quality (conflict and support), as well as self-esteem, social anxiety and depression. Regression analyses indicated that self-esteem partially mediated the relations between social isolation, friendship attachment (alienation) and both depression and social anxiety, whereas friendship attachment (trust) was a partial mediator for depression only. Overall, linkages between peer relationships and depression were more strongly mediated by self-esteem than those between peer relationships and social anxiety. Theoretical and applied implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada