ERIC Number: EJ868367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Peer Victimization and Social Anxiety in Adolescents: Prospective and Reciprocal Relationships
Siegel, Rebecca S.; La Greca, Annette M.; Harrison, Hannah M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n8 p1096-1109 Sep 2009
This study used a 2-month prospective research design to examine the bi-directional interplay between peer victimization and social anxiety among adolescents. Participants included 228 adolescents (58% female) in grades 10-12. Three types of peer victimization were examined: "overt" (physical aggression or verbal threats), "relational" (malicious manipulation of a relationship, such as by friendship withdrawal), and "reputational" (damaging another's peer relationships, such as through rumor spreading). Adolescents' self-reported feelings of social anxiety and peer victimization experiences were assessed at two time points, in November and January of the same school year. Peer victimization was strongly related to adolescents' social anxiety, and relational victimization explained additional unique variance. Moreover, peer victimization was both a predictor and consequence of social anxiety over time, with the most robust results found for relational victimization. Limited support was obtained for gender as a moderating variable. Findings highlight the deleterious effects of peer victimization, especially relational victimization, and suggest avenues for future research and clinical intervention for adolescents experiencing such victimization.
Descriptors: Research Design, Aggression, Peer Relationship, Adolescents, Victims of Crime, Anxiety, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Verbal Communication, Bullying, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Intervention, Deception, Adolescent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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