Comparing reports of peer rejection: associations with rejection sensitivity, victimization, aggression, and friendship

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. and Nesdale, Drew and McGregor, Leanne and Mastro, Shawna and Goodwin, Belinda and Downey, Geraldine (2013) Comparing reports of peer rejection: associations with rejection sensitivity, victimization, aggression, and friendship. Journal of Adolescence, 36 (6). pp. 1237-1246. ISSN 0140-1971

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Perceiving that one is rejected is an important correlate of emotional maladjustment. Yet, self-perceptions can substantially differ from classmate-reports of who is rejected. In this study, discrepancies between self- and classmate-reports of rejection were identified in 359 Australian adolescents (age 10-12 years). As expected, adolescents who overestimated rejection reported more rejection sensitivity and felt more victimized by their peers, but were not seen by peers as more victimized. Adolescents who underestimated rejection identified themselves as high in overt aggression, and their peers identified them as high in overt and relational aggression and low in prosocial behavior. Yet, underestimators' feelings of friendship satisfaction did not seem to suffer and they reported low rejection sensitivity. Results suggest that interventions to promote adolescent health should explicitly recognize the different needs of those who do and do not seem to perceive their high rejection, as well as adolescents who overestimate their rejection.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 21:52
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 21:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aggression; Friendship; Peer relationships; Rejection; Victimization; Psychiatry; CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY; Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery; PREVENTIVE AND SOCIAL PEDIATRICS;
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
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