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Sweating under pressure: skin conductance level reactivity moderates the association between peer victimization and externalizing behavior
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 55, Issue 1, pages 22–30, January 2014
How to Cite
Gregson, K. D., Tu, K. M. and Erath, S. A. (2014), Sweating under pressure: skin conductance level reactivity moderates the association between peer victimization and externalizing behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55: 22–30. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12086
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 APR 2013
- National Science Foundation. Grant Number: BCS 0921271
- Peer victimization;
- skin conductance level reactivity;
This study examined whether the association between peer victimization and externalizing behavior may be illuminated by individual differences in skin conductance level reactivity (SCLR) in the context of peer stress.
Participants included 123 fifth and sixth graders (Mean age = 12.03 years, 50% females; 42% ethnic minorities). SCLR was assessed in the context of an ecologically relevant, lab-based peer-evaluative stress experience in preadolescence.
As hypothesized, self-reported peer victimization was linked with parent- and teacher-reported externalizing behavior, and SCLR consistently moderated these associations. Peer victimization was associated with parent- and teacher-reported externalizing behavior among preadolescents who exhibited lower SCLR, but not among preadolescents who exhibited higher SCLR.
Results suggest that promoting engagement with peer stress experiences and enhancing inhibitory control are potential intervention targets that may reduce externalizing behavior in the context of peer victimization (or reduce peer victimization among preadolescents who exhibit externalizing behavior).