ERIC Number: EJ878890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Self-Consciousness, Friendship Quality, and Adolescent Internalizing Problems
Bowker, Julie C.; Rubin, Kenneth H.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p249-267 Jun 2009
The correlates between public and private self-consciousness and internalizing difficulties were examined during early adolescence. Friendship quality was assessed as a possible moderator of the relation between self-consciousness and maladjustment. One hundred and thirty-seven young adolescents (N = 87 girls; M age = 13.98 years) reported on their self-consciousness, internalizing problems, and the quality of their best friendship. Results indicated stronger associations between private self-consciousness and internalizing correlates than between public self-consciousness and internalizing problems, suggesting that private self-consciousness may be a stronger risk factor during adolescence. Contrary to expectations, evidence revealed that positive friendship quality may exacerbate some difficulties associated with self-consciousness. Results pertaining to friendship quality add to the growing literature on the ways in which friendships can contribute to adjustment difficulties.
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Risk, Friendship, Adjustment (to Environment), Correlation, Behavior Problems, Self Concept, Psychological Patterns
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