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The reasons behind early adolescents' responses to peer victimization.
J Youth Adolesc. 2013 Feb; 42(2):275-84.JY

Abstract

Victims of school-based peer harassment face a range of risks including psycho-social, physical, and academic harm. The aim of the present study was to examine the behavioral coping responses used by early adolescents when they face peer victimization. To meet this aim, 216 sixth grade students (55 % girls) from two urban middle schools and 254 students (50 % girls) from one suburban middle school completed structured open-ended questions about a recent peer victimization experience. In both school settings, the results supported both previously- and newly-identified coping responses that fit within the approach-avoidance coping framework, reasoning that maps on to social information processing models, and systematic associations between reasoning and the coping responses adopted by the adolescents. In both school settings, approach responses were associated with having the goal of defending oneself against the victimization whereas avoidance responses were associated with wanting to prevent the escalation of the peer victimization event. The discussion argues that knowledge about the link between reasoning and coping responses can be informative to understanding what coping responses are effective for victims.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA. abellmore@wisc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23014851

Citation

Bellmore, Amy, et al. "The Reasons Behind Early Adolescents' Responses to Peer Victimization." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 42, no. 2, 2013, pp. 275-84.
Bellmore A, Chen WT, Rischall E. The reasons behind early adolescents' responses to peer victimization. J Youth Adolesc. 2013;42(2):275-84.
Bellmore, A., Chen, W. T., & Rischall, E. (2013). The reasons behind early adolescents' responses to peer victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(2), 275-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-012-9825-0
Bellmore A, Chen WT, Rischall E. The Reasons Behind Early Adolescents' Responses to Peer Victimization. J Youth Adolesc. 2013;42(2):275-84. PubMed PMID: 23014851.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The reasons behind early adolescents' responses to peer victimization. AU - Bellmore,Amy, AU - Chen,Wei-Ting, AU - Rischall,Emily, Y1 - 2012/09/27/ PY - 2012/07/02/received PY - 2012/09/18/accepted PY - 2012/9/28/entrez PY - 2012/9/28/pubmed PY - 2013/6/19/medline SP - 275 EP - 84 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 42 IS - 2 N2 - Victims of school-based peer harassment face a range of risks including psycho-social, physical, and academic harm. The aim of the present study was to examine the behavioral coping responses used by early adolescents when they face peer victimization. To meet this aim, 216 sixth grade students (55 % girls) from two urban middle schools and 254 students (50 % girls) from one suburban middle school completed structured open-ended questions about a recent peer victimization experience. In both school settings, the results supported both previously- and newly-identified coping responses that fit within the approach-avoidance coping framework, reasoning that maps on to social information processing models, and systematic associations between reasoning and the coping responses adopted by the adolescents. In both school settings, approach responses were associated with having the goal of defending oneself against the victimization whereas avoidance responses were associated with wanting to prevent the escalation of the peer victimization event. The discussion argues that knowledge about the link between reasoning and coping responses can be informative to understanding what coping responses are effective for victims. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23014851/The_reasons_behind_early_adolescents'_responses_to_peer_victimization_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-012-9825-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -