Adolescent Daily and General Maladjustment: Is There Reactivity to Daily Repeated Measures Methodologies?
Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 83, Issue 2, pages 405–412, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Nishina, A. (2012), Adolescent Daily and General Maladjustment: Is There Reactivity to Daily Repeated Measures Methodologies?. Child Development, 83: 405–412. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01718.x
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2012
The present study examined whether repeated exposure to daily surveys about negative social experiences predicts changes in adolescents’ daily and general maladjustment, and whether question content moderates these changes. Across a 2-week period, 6th-grade students (N = 215; mode age = 11) completed 5 daily reports tapping experienced or experienced and witnessed negative events, or they completed no daily reports. General maladjustment was measured in 2-week intervals before, at the end of, and 2 weeks after the daily report study. Daily maladjustment either decreased or did not change across the 5 daily report exposures. General maladjustment decreased across the three 2-week intervals. Combined, results indicate that short-term daily report studies do not place youth at risk for increased maladjustment.