Peer victimization trajectories at the adolescent transition: Associations among chronic victimization, peer-reported status, and adjustment

C Sheppard, M. Giletta, Mitch Prinstein

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The current study demonstrated that chronic peer victimization, as compared to time-limited victimization, is particularly associated with peer status and peer-reported adjustment at the adolescent transition. Using a cohort sequential design, a sample of 653 adolescents (48% female, 87% Caucasian) in Grades 6–8 were assessed at 3 annual time points; data captured indices of peer victimization, likeability, popularity, and several peer-reported indices of internalizing (e.g., sadness, worry) and externalizing (e.g., anger, fighting) symptoms across Grades 6–10. Four trajectories of victimization experiences were identified—chronic, high decreasing, low increasing, and low stable—suggesting instability in victimization experiences over time. Adolescents who experienced chronic victimization, as compared to those with low-stable, decreasing, or increasing levels of victimization, were rated by peers more often on indices of maladjustment and less often on measures of popularity and likeability. Findings highlight negative associations with chronic victimization and underscore the need for targeted interventions to prevent chronic victimization. Overall, findings further emphasize the role of chronicity in victimization and highlight the importance of identifying chronic victims for intervention and prevention efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-227
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • CHILDHOOD
  • DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORIES
  • ELEMENTARY
  • EMOTIONAL-PROBLEMS
  • EXPERIENCES
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • POPULARITY
  • PREDICTORS
  • STABILITY
  • VICTIMS

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Peer victimization trajectories at the adolescent transition : Associations among chronic victimization, peer-reported status, and adjustment. / Sheppard, C; Giletta, M.; Prinstein, Mitch.

In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2019, p. 218-227.

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