ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 5, Issue 2, 212-223, 2014
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Liking and Perceived Probability of Victimization of Peers Displaying Behaviors Characteristic of Anxiety and Depression

Susan Luchetti and Ronald M. Rapee
Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2014, Pages 212-223

Although several longitudinal studies have indicated that internalising behaviours can precede victimisation, there has been little attempt to examine the influence of these behaviours experimentally. In the current study 168, 12-14 year old participants read vignettes of peers displaying behaviours indicating anxiety, depression, or pro-social characteristics. For each vignette participants indicated their degree of liking of the hypothetical peer as well as the extent to which they believed that the peer would be victimised by others and by themself. Compared to hypothetical pro-social children, peers displaying anxious or depressed behaviours were less liked and were perceived as more likely to be victimised by both others and by the participant themself. The results point to the vulnerability produced by anxiety and depression and suggest programs that might be combined with whole-of-school approaches to empower victims.

Table of Contents
  Manipulation checks.
  Likelihood of bullying by others or self.
 Data Analyses
 Manipulation Checks
 Peer Liking
 Likelihood of Bullying by Others
 Likelihood of Bullying by the Participant
Appendix 1: Examples of Anxious, Depressed, and Prosocial Peer Vignettes

Correspondence to
Ron Rapee, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia.

Bullying; Victimization; Anxiety; Depression; Peer relationships

Received 24 Jun 2013; Revised 28 Nov 2013; Accepted 10 Dec 2013; In Press 11 Jun 2014

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