The roles of teasing and social support in adolescent internalizing and externalizing behavioral outcomes

Kim G. Van Dale, Cheryl L. Somers, David H. Gregg, Jina S. Yoon, Stephen B. Hillman, Marla G. Bartoi

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to better understand the relations between teasing and various internalizing and externalizing outcome variables, as well as the potential for social support to mediate the relations between teasing and these outcome variables. A total of 651 9th-12th grade students in a suburban/semi-rural school district located in the midwestern United States participated in the study. Research has shown that teasing is related to negative outcomes. The present study adds to existing literature by demonstrating a small but statistically significant link between certain types of teasing and distress about that teasing with certain types of risk behavior. An unexpected finding was that higher rates of teasing about academic performance predicted lower rates of risk behavior. Social support was demonstrated to mediate teasing and some externalized outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-552
Number of pages16
JournalChild Indicators Research
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Distress response
  • Externalizing behavior
  • Internalizing behavior
  • Risk behavior
  • Self-esteem
  • Social support
  • Teasing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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