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"It must be me": ethnic diversity and attributions for peer victimization in middle school.
J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Apr; 38(4):487-99.JY

Abstract

This study examined the mediating role of self-blaming attributions on peer victimization-maladjustment relations in middle school and the moderating role of classroom ethnic diversity. Latino and African American 6th grade participants (N = 1105, 56% female) were recruited from middle schools in which they were either members of the numerical majority ethnic group, the numerical minority, or one of several ethnic groups in ethnically diverse schools. Peer nomination data were gathered in the Fall of 6th grade to determine which students had reputations as victims of harassment and self-report data on self-blame for peer harassment and the adjustment outcomes of depressive symptoms and feelings of self-worth were gathered in the Spring of 6th grade, approximately 6 months later. A mediational model in which self-blame partly explained the relation between victimization and maladjustment was supported among students from the majority ethnic group in their classroom but not among students from the minority group. The usefulness of including ethnic diversity as an important context variable in studies of peer victimization during early adolescence was discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521, USA. shgraham@ucla.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19636723

Citation

Graham, Sandra, et al. ""It Must Be Me": Ethnic Diversity and Attributions for Peer Victimization in Middle School." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 38, no. 4, 2009, pp. 487-99.
Graham S, Bellmore A, Nishina A, et al. "It must be me": ethnic diversity and attributions for peer victimization in middle school. J Youth Adolesc. 2009;38(4):487-99.
Graham, S., Bellmore, A., Nishina, A., & Juvonen, J. (2009). "It must be me": ethnic diversity and attributions for peer victimization in middle school. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(4), 487-99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-008-9386-4
Graham S, et al. "It Must Be Me": Ethnic Diversity and Attributions for Peer Victimization in Middle School. J Youth Adolesc. 2009;38(4):487-99. PubMed PMID: 19636723.
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TY - JOUR T1 - "It must be me": ethnic diversity and attributions for peer victimization in middle school. AU - Graham,Sandra, AU - Bellmore,Amy, AU - Nishina,Adrienne, AU - Juvonen,Jaana, Y1 - 2009/01/07/ PY - 2008/08/27/received PY - 2008/12/23/accepted PY - 2009/7/29/entrez PY - 2009/7/29/pubmed PY - 2010/3/20/medline SP - 487 EP - 99 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 38 IS - 4 N2 - This study examined the mediating role of self-blaming attributions on peer victimization-maladjustment relations in middle school and the moderating role of classroom ethnic diversity. Latino and African American 6th grade participants (N = 1105, 56% female) were recruited from middle schools in which they were either members of the numerical majority ethnic group, the numerical minority, or one of several ethnic groups in ethnically diverse schools. Peer nomination data were gathered in the Fall of 6th grade to determine which students had reputations as victims of harassment and self-report data on self-blame for peer harassment and the adjustment outcomes of depressive symptoms and feelings of self-worth were gathered in the Spring of 6th grade, approximately 6 months later. A mediational model in which self-blame partly explained the relation between victimization and maladjustment was supported among students from the majority ethnic group in their classroom but not among students from the minority group. The usefulness of including ethnic diversity as an important context variable in studies of peer victimization during early adolescence was discussed. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19636723/"It_must_be_me":_ethnic_diversity_and_attributions_for_peer_victimization_in_middle_school_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-008-9386-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -