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ERIC Number: EJ929107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
Peer Victimization and Psychological Maladjustment: The Mediating Role of Coping Self-Efficacy
Singh, Puneet; Bussey, Kay
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v21 n2 p420-433 Jun 2011
Not all children exposed to peer victimization experience the same type or the same degree of negative outcomes; there is heterogeneity in outcomes. This study examined coping self-efficacy as a mediator of the relationship between peer victimization and psychological maladjustment in order to gain an understanding of this heterogeneity in children's responses to victimization. In this study, 2,161 children (1,071 females and 1,090 males), ranging in age from 10 to 15 years, 63% White, 17% Middle-Eastern, 10% Asian, and 10% from other ethnic groups, participated. Results from the mediational analysis revealed that four coping self-efficacy domains differentially mediated the relationship between peer victimization and social anxiety, cognitive depression, and externalizing symptoms. These findings highlight the importance of increasing children's coping self-efficacy for proactive behavior, avoiding self-blame, victim-role disengagement, and avoiding aggressive behavior in order to attenuate the negative psychological outcomes of peer harassment. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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