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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 5/2010

01-05-2010 | Empirical Research

Interactions Between Rejection Sensitivity and Supportive Relationships in the Prediction of Adolescents’ Internalizing Difficulties

Auteurs: Kristina L. McDonald, Julie C. Bowker, Kenneth H. Rubin, Brett Laursen, Melissa S. Duchene

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 5/2010

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Abstract

Rejection sensitivity, the tendency to anxiously or angrily expect rejection, is associated with internalizing difficulties during childhood and adolescence. The primary goal of the present study was to examine whether supportive parent–child relationships and friendships moderate associations that link angry and anxious rejection sensitivity to depression and social anxiety during middle adolescence in an ethnically diverse sample of 277 youth (M age = 14.30 years; 46.93% male). Analyses revealed that angry rejection sensitivity was related to depressive symptoms, but only for adolescents reporting low support from parents and friends. Friend support moderated the association between (1) angry rejection sensitivity and social anxiety, and (2) anxious rejection sensitivity and depressive symptoms. For adolescents reporting low support from friends, support from parents was positively related to social anxiety. Findings highlight the importance of considering relationships in studies of rejection sensitivity and adjustment during adolescence.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Interactions Between Rejection Sensitivity and Supportive Relationships in the Prediction of Adolescents’ Internalizing Difficulties
Auteurs
Kristina L. McDonald
Julie C. Bowker
Kenneth H. Rubin
Brett Laursen
Melissa S. Duchene
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 5/2010
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9519-4