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Title:A Latent Growth Curve Analysis of Peer Difficulties, Self-Perceptions, and Peer Beliefs: Links to Psychological and School Adjustment
Author(s):Troop, Wendy Phyllis
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ladd, Gary W.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Educational Psychology
Abstract:Evidence indicates that peer relationship difficulties are predictive of later maladjustment, but the mechanisms by which these stressors may impair healthy development have yet to be identified. Maladaptive cognitive representations of the self and others constitute one set of potential mediators. The objectives of this study were to: (a) discern normative trends in children's relationships and self and peer perceptions during late childhood and (b) investigate associations between individual differences in these trajectories and changes in psychological health and school adaptation. A sample of 340 children (173 girls; 167 boys) was followed longitudinally between the fourth and sixth grades. Two relational stressors, rejection and victimization, and four outcome variables, internalizing problems, externalizing problems, school liking, and school avoidance were examined. Findings from latent growth curve analyses supported the contention that relational stressors are related to externalizing problems through more hostile peer beliefs and are associated with internalizing and school adjustment difficulties through maladaptive self and peer perceptions.
Issue Date:2002
Description:145 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3070059
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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