ERIC Number: EJ769850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
The Timing of Middle-Childhood Peer Rejection and Friendship: Linking Early Behavior to Early-Adolescent Adjustment
Pedersen, Sara; Vitaro, Frank; Barker, Edward D.; Borge, Anne I. H.
Child Development, v78 n4 p1037-1051 Jul-Aug 2007
This study used a sample of 551 children surveyed yearly from ages 6 to 13 to examine the longitudinal associations among early behavior, middle-childhood peer rejection and friendedness, and early-adolescent depressive symptoms, loneliness, and delinquency. The study tested a sequential mediation hypothesis in which (a) behavior problems in the early school years are associated with middle-childhood peer rejection and (b) rejection, in turn, leads to lower friendedness and subsequently higher adolescent internalizing--but not externalizing--problems. Results supported this sequential mediation model for internalizing outcomes and revealed an additional path from early disruptiveness to loneliness via peer rejection alone. No evidence of sequential mediation was observed for delinquency.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Rejection (Psychology), Depression (Psychology), Delinquency, Peer Relationship, Social Isolation, Friendship, Early Adolescents, Psychological Patterns, Adjustment (to Environment), Longitudinal Studies, Children, Preadolescents, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Correlation, Student Adjustment
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