Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Peer victimization among youth with anxiety disorders
by Cohen, Jeremy, Ph.D., Temple University, 2013, 114; 3552314
Abstract (Summary)

Objective: This study examined whether overt and relational peer victimization were associated with the severity of Social Phobia (SoP) symptoms and whether frequent victimization was more common among youth with SoP as compared to youth with other anxiety disorders. In addition, the study examined whether self-esteem, peer beliefs, and emotional lability were linked to internalizing symptoms above and beyond overt and relational victimization severity. Method: Participants were 90 youth (47 boys, 43 girls; M age = 11.06 years; SD = 3.09) and their parents. Youth had been referred to an outpatient child and adolescent anxiety disorders clinic. Measures included (a) a semi-structured diagnostic interview, (b) youth self-report forms assessing peer victimization, anxiety, depressive symptoms, loneliness, and global self-worth, and (c) parent-report forms assessing anxiety and emotion regulation. Results: Results showed a concurrent positive association between peer victimization and self-reported social anxiety, with relational victimization providing unique information above and beyond overt victimization. Peer victimization was not associated with a specific diagnosis, but was related to multiple internalizing problems (negative beliefs about the peer group accounted for some of this relation). Conclusions: Peer victimization is important to assess for and consider in the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders. Peer victimization is associated with social anxiety symptoms, and relational victimization, in particular, is associated with internalizing problems among youth with anxiety disorders. Victimization appears to be associated with symptomatology rather than diagnosis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kendall, Philip C.
Commitee: Alloy, Lauren, Drabick, Deborah, Giovannetti, Tania, Heimberg, Richard, Weinraub, Marsha
School: Temple University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anxiety disorders, Bullying, Peer victimization, Social phobia
Publication Number: 3552314
ISBN: 9781267907561
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