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Moderating Effects of Coping Strategies on Link between Peer Victimization and Internalizing Problems in Preadolescents

  • Received : 2011.03.31
  • Accepted : 2011.06.16
  • Published : 2011.06.30

Abstract

The present research investigated gender-specific response strategies for dealing with peer victimization of preadolescents. Furthermore, coping strategies were explored as moderators of the link between peer victimization and internalizing problems. The participants were 466 preadolescents. Peer victimization, coping strategies, and internalizing problems were assessed through self-report questionnaires. Results showed that girls had significantly higher scores on help seeking, avoidant strategies, and ruminative strategies than boys. In addition, use of avoidant coping and seeking help minimized the effects of peer victimization on internalizing problems in girls. Ruminative coping exacerbated the influence of peer victimization on internalizing problems for both boys and girls.

Keywords

peer victimization;coping strategies;internalizing problems

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