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Title:Rumination about a novel social stressor mediates the association between victimization and depressive symptoms
Author(s):Miernicki, Michelle E
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):peer victimization
Abstract:Although research has established the link between peer victimization and depression, little research has demonstrated what accounts for this association or how peer victimization may be detrimental to new peer relationships. The current research examined whether responses to stress – less problem solving or more rumination – account for the association between victimization and depression. 132 children (M age = 9.46, SD = .33; 66 boys, 66 girls) participated in a laboratory social stress task with an unfamiliar peer. Results indicated that rumination in response to the social stress task with a new peer accounted for the link between prior victimization and depressive symptoms. These results indicate that detrimental responses to stress such as rumination may not be limited to the victimization context, and that responses to stress in new social situations are associated with depressive symptoms.
Issue Date:2015-05-01
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Michelle Miernicki
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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