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Peer victimization trajectories and their association with children's affect in late elementary school

Biggs, BK; Vernberg, E; Little, TD; Dill, EJ; Fonagy, P; Twemlow, SW; (2010) Peer victimization trajectories and their association with children's affect in late elementary school. International Journal of Behavioral Development , 34 (2) 136 - 146. 10.1177/0165025409348560.

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Abstract

The current study examined peer victimization trajectories for 1528 children from third to fifth grade and the association of those trajectories to children's positive and negative affect. On average, victimization was low to moderate and remained stable (self-report) or increased (peer-reports). In addition, five distinct trajectories were identified based on self-report: Low, Moderate, Increasing, Decreasing, and Chronic. Peer-reported victimization did not reveal distinct trajectories. Although the level of victimization was related to concurrent negative affect (self- and peer-reported victimization) and to positive affect (self-report victimization only), relations between change in victimization and change in affect were less consistent. Also, a chronic victimization trajectory was associated with greatest affective distress and a decreasing trajectory was associated with partial, but not full, recovery in terms of affect. Results largely support a chronic model of victimization's effects in which victimization has compounding and enduring effects on adjustment. Intervention implications include the importance of including selective interventions for highly victimized youth with universal anti-bullying programs, assessing both past and current victimization, and including indicators of adjustment when evaluating anti-bullying interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Peer victimization trajectories and their association with children's affect in late elementary school
DOI: 10.1177/0165025409348560
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165025409348560
Language: English
Keywords: affect, bullying, middle childhood, peer influence, trajectory analysis, victimization, growth mixture-models, psychological adjustment, early adolescence, developmental trajectories, multiple imputation, gender-differences, negative affect, missing-data, aggression, perspective
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/768486
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