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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tran, Cong Van
Author's Email Address cong.v.tran@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03292010-163009
Title Longitudinal relations between targeted peer victimization and depression
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bahr Weiss Committee Member
David Cole Committee Member
  • targeted
  • peer victimization
  • longitudinal relations
  • depression
Date of Defense 2010-03-29
Availability unrestricted
The study presented in this thesis was designed to determine the longitudinal relations between targeted peer victimization and depression among US children. Several aspects and characteristics of peer victimization, and how it relates to depression were described. As part of the thesis work, a sample of 887 students from 3rd grade to 7th grade from two rural/suburban elementary schools and one middle school in central Tennessee was given self-report measures on Targeted Peer Victimization (TPV) and depression at two time points, Spring 2008 and Spring 2009. By using Structural Equation Modeling, we found that (1) TPV and depression were significant stable across one-year interval; (2) boys and girls showed significantly different levels of all of the constructs at both waves; (3) self-reported depressive symptoms predicted both relational and physical TPV but that neither type of TPV predicted depression.
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