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01-06-2015 | Original Article | Uitgave 3/2015

Child Psychiatry & Human Development 3/2015

Peer Victimization Among Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders

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Child Psychiatry & Human Development > Uitgave 3/2015
Auteurs:
Jeremy S. Cohen, Philip C. Kendall

Abstract

This study examined peer victimization among a sample of youth who were seeking treatment at an outpatient anxiety disorders clinic. The study examined the association between peer victimization and internalizing symptoms and looked at whether frequent victimization was more common among youth with Social Phobia (SoP) as compared to youth with other anxiety disorders The study also examined the relation between SoP and peer victimization dimensionally. Participants were 90 youth (47 boys; M age = 11.06 years) and their parents. Results showed that peer victimization was associated with social anxiety symptoms, and relational victimization, in particular, was associated with internalizing problems among youth with anxiety disorders. Negative beliefs about the peer group accounted for some of this relation. Victimization was associated with symptomatology rather than diagnosis. Peer victimization is important to assess and consider in the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth.

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