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Positive protective factors as moderators in the relationship between relational victimization and depression in minority adolescents
by Mihalas, Stephanie Tamara, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2008, 213; 3306841
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the relationship between relational victimization and depression among middle school students (n = 153) in an urban school in Florida. The majority of participants were African-American and Hispanic at-risk youth. This study is one of the first to study how positive protective factors (i.e., hope, spirituality, perceived social support) moderate the relationship between victim status and depression. A mixed methods design was used to gain further insight into the survey data collected. Findings from the study indicated that hope and perceived social support were statistically significant moderator variables. Additionally, results from the qualitative interviews suggested that teachers, parents, and siblings play an important role in supporting victimized students. Implications for gender and culturally sensitive interventions are discussed. Possible avenues for future research are also outlined.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: MendeZ, Linda Raffaele
School: University of South Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 69/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Secondary education, Psychotherapy
Keywords: Adolescents, Depression, Hope, Middle school, Minority, Relational victimization, Spirituality, Victimization
Publication Number: 3306841
ISBN: 978-0-549-54052-6
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