Relational Victimization and Rejection Sensitivity: The Long-Term Impact of Social Hurt


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The Rejection Sensitivity Model is used to examine the social antecedents to expectations of rejection among adults. College students (N= 314) completed measures of relational victimization and rejection sensitivity. Results indicate that relational victimization is significantly related to rejection sensitivity for women. Implications for counseling and research are offered.