Preadolescents’ Depressive Symptoms and Attributions for Negative Experiences with Peers


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

The authors explored preadolescents’ attributions for negative interactions with peers and tested whether their attributions are linked to depressive symptoms. A sample of 532 fourth- and fifth-grade boys and girls completed selfreport measures of attributions and depressive symptoms, as well as peer nominations of peer rejection. Controlling for peer rejection, children’s depressive symptoms were positively associated with internal-stable attributions and negatively associated with external-unstable attributions. Implications for counseling are briefly discussed.

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