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ERIC Number: EJ796495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
A Multi-Mediation Model on the Relations of Bullying, Victimization, Identity, and Family with Adolescent Depressive Symptoms
van Hoof, Anne; Raaijmakers, Quinten A. W.; van Beek, Yolanda; Hale, William W., III; Aleva, Liesbeth
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n7 p772-782 Aug 2008
This study investigated a multi-mediation model of the relationship between bullying behavior, peer victimization, personal identity, and family characteristics to adolescent depressive symptoms in 194 high school students, 12-18 years of age. In the first model, peer victimization mediated the relation between bullying behavior and depressive symptoms. In the second model, personal identity mediated the relation between peer victimization and depressive symptoms. In the final model, the two mediation models were combined. The relative influence of family characteristics on all variables in the two mediation models was studied using structural equation modeling. The results supported both mediation models and confirmed the influence of family characteristics on all variables in the mediation models. This study indicates that victimization by one's peers has consequences for adolescents' psychological health when their personal identity is affected. In addition, the study was able to model several processes in which family characteristics were related to adolescent depressive symptoms. Moreover, the final combined model (in which the two mediation models and the influence of family characteristics on all variables were confirmed) explained half of the variance in adolescent depressive symptoms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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