Ji-In You and Amy Bellmore, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Relational peer victimization and psychosocial adjustment: The mediating role of best friendship qualities
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 340–353, June 2012
How to Cite
YOU, J.-I. and BELLMORE, A. (2012), Relational peer victimization and psychosocial adjustment: The mediating role of best friendship qualities. Personal Relationships, 19: 340–353. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01365.x
Data used for this study were collected as part of the Manchester Youth Study, a study of how peer relations contribute to social and academic development across childhood and adolescence. We are grateful to Antonius H. Cillessen for allowing us to use part of his data set.
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2011
With a sample of 414 tenth-grade students (53% girls) from the Northeastern United States, the unique mediating roles that different dimensions of best friendship quality play in linking relational victimization and psychosocial maladjustment were examined. For both boys and girls, relational victimization was found to predict higher levels of internalizing behaviors directly and through partial mediation by greater conflict and weaker feelings of help within adolescents' best friendships. Increased conflict also partially mediated the association between relational victimization and higher levels of externalizing behaviors. Together, the results provide support for the significance of broader peer group functioning on both dyadic relationships and individual functioning.