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Peer relational victimization and somatic complaints during adolescence.
J Adolesc Health. 2011 Sep; 49(3):294-9.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

To develop effective prevention and intervention efforts that optimize adolescent health, factors must be identified that affect health outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between somatic symptomatology and experiences with relational victimization (RV).

METHODS

We prospectively tested the unique role of relational peer victimization in predicting adolescents' somatic complaints (SC), while accounting for their previous physical symptoms and peer victimization experiences (i.e., relational and physical victimization), as well as concurrent experiences with physical victimization (PV). Questionnaires were administered to 1,595 students (52% females) from eight schools in one school district (grades, 5-8) in the Midwestern part of the United States during the fall and spring sessions of the academic school year. Self-reported measures included demographic characteristics, victimization experiences, and assessment of SC.

RESULTS

RV was a unique predictor of increased somatic symptoms, even after controlling for adolescents' sex, grade level, initial SC, previous victimization experiences, and concurrent experiences with PV. Notably, RV was a stronger predictor of somatic symptoms than was PV.

CONCLUSIONS

Our findings underscore the need for a comprehensive approach when addressing adolescents' physical health symptoms. Adolescents may benefit from clinicians looking beyond the obvious and using gentle probing to uncover how unique experiences with RV may be associated with overall health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, Pennsylvania 16563, USA. cln5@psu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21856522

Citation

Nixon, Charisse L., et al. "Peer Relational Victimization and Somatic Complaints During Adolescence." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 49, no. 3, 2011, pp. 294-9.
Nixon CL, Linkie CA, Coleman PK, et al. Peer relational victimization and somatic complaints during adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2011;49(3):294-9.
Nixon, C. L., Linkie, C. A., Coleman, P. K., & Fitch, C. (2011). Peer relational victimization and somatic complaints during adolescence. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 49(3), 294-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.12.018
Nixon CL, et al. Peer Relational Victimization and Somatic Complaints During Adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2011;49(3):294-9. PubMed PMID: 21856522.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Peer relational victimization and somatic complaints during adolescence. AU - Nixon,Charisse L, AU - Linkie,Christine A, AU - Coleman,Priscilla K, AU - Fitch,Chivon, Y1 - 2011/02/18/ PY - 2010/06/23/received PY - 2010/12/13/revised PY - 2010/12/14/accepted PY - 2011/8/23/entrez PY - 2011/8/23/pubmed PY - 2011/12/21/medline SP - 294 EP - 9 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 49 IS - 3 N2 - PURPOSE: To develop effective prevention and intervention efforts that optimize adolescent health, factors must be identified that affect health outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between somatic symptomatology and experiences with relational victimization (RV). METHODS: We prospectively tested the unique role of relational peer victimization in predicting adolescents' somatic complaints (SC), while accounting for their previous physical symptoms and peer victimization experiences (i.e., relational and physical victimization), as well as concurrent experiences with physical victimization (PV). Questionnaires were administered to 1,595 students (52% females) from eight schools in one school district (grades, 5-8) in the Midwestern part of the United States during the fall and spring sessions of the academic school year. Self-reported measures included demographic characteristics, victimization experiences, and assessment of SC. RESULTS: RV was a unique predictor of increased somatic symptoms, even after controlling for adolescents' sex, grade level, initial SC, previous victimization experiences, and concurrent experiences with PV. Notably, RV was a stronger predictor of somatic symptoms than was PV. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings underscore the need for a comprehensive approach when addressing adolescents' physical health symptoms. Adolescents may benefit from clinicians looking beyond the obvious and using gentle probing to uncover how unique experiences with RV may be associated with overall health. SN - 1879-1972 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21856522/Peer_relational_victimization_and_somatic_complaints_during_adolescence_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1054-139X(10)00832-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -