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Peer Victimization, Internalizing Symptoms, and Aggression among High-Risk Youth: The Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation

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Author: Cooley, John L.
Advisor: Zeman, Janice
Committee Members: Dallaire, Danielle H.; Galano, Joseph; Whalon, Kelly
Issued Date: 2010-05-19
Subjects: Peer victimization
Emotion dysregulation
Internalizing symptoms
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/2052
Description: The present study examined the mediational role of emotion dysregulation in the relations between peer victimization, internalizing symptoms, and aggression. Participants were 253 predominantly African-American elementary school children from a low-income, high-risk environment. Results indicated that worry dysregulation partially mediated the associations between child-reported overt and relational victimization and anxiety symptoms. Evidence for partial mediation of the associations between self-reports of overt and relational victimization and aggression through anger dysregulation were also found. These results provide general support for notion that emotion dysregulation operates as a mechanism linking overt and relational victimization to internalizing symptoms and aggression. Directions for future research and implications for interventions targeting victimized youth are discussed.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology

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