ERIC Number: EJ943567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
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Child Characteristics as Moderators of the Association between Family Stress and Children's Internalizing, Externalizing, and Peer Rejection
Gaylord, Noni K.; Kitzmann, Katherine M.; Lockwood, Rebecca L.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v12 n2 p201-213 Jun 2003
We examined child characteristics of coping strategies, age, and gender as moderators of the association between family stressors and internalizing, externalizing, and peer rejection in a sample of 228 3rd-5th grade children. Consistent with previous research, children in the current study who experienced a higher number of family stressors were significantly less well-accepted by classmates. This association was not moderated by children's coping strategies or child age. Child gender did moderate the association between family stressors and internalizing behavior. Specifically, as the number of stressors increased, internalizing behavior decreased among girls, but not boys. The results are discussed in terms of the role of child variables in explaining the variability in children's responses to family stress.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Coping, Grade 5, Rejection (Psychology), Individual Characteristics, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Correlation, Stress Variables, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students, Role, Responses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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