Peer Victimization, Peer Aggression and Depressive Symptoms over TimeA Longitudinal Study with Latent Growth Curves

  1. Celeste León-Moreno 1
  2. Cristian Suárez-Relinque 2
  3. Daniel Musitu-Ferrer 2
  4. Juan Herrero 3
  1. 1 Universidad de Zaragoza

    Universidad de Zaragoza

    Zaragoza, España


  2. 2 Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Sevilla, España


  3. 3 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Psychosocial Intervention

ISSN: 1132-0559

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 169-176

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5093/PI2022A13 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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Most empirical research on the relationship between peer victimization, aggression, and mental health has been conducted with correlational designs. Much of this research has also focused primarily on linking peer victimization with either the potential aggressive behaviors of victims or a deterioration in their mental health. This study analyzes the relationship between peer victimization, peer aggression, and depressive symptoms in adolescents over time. The participants are 194 adolescents (49.2% boys, 50.8% girls) aged between 10 and 13 years (M = 10.88, SD = 0.84). The results of the growth modeling analysis indicate that the trajectories are interconnected: as victimization decreases, adolescent aggression and depressive symptoms also decrease. In addition, it is observed that victimization decreased in the same way in boys and girls, while aggression and depressive symptoms showed a smaller reduction in girls. Finally, the results and their potential practical implications are discussed.

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