Abstract

This study examined the relations among facial attractiveness, peer victimization, and internalizing problems in early adolescence. We hypothesized that experiences of peer victimization would partially mediate the relationship between attractiveness and internalizing problems. Ratings of attractiveness were obtained from standardized photographs of participants (93 girls and 82 boys). Teachers provided information regarding peer victimization experiences in sixth grade, and seventh-grade teachers assessed internalizing problems. Attractiveness was negatively correlated with victimization and internalizing problems. Experiences of peer victimization were positively correlated with internalizing problems. Structural equation modeling provided support for the hypothesized model of peer victimization partially mediating the relationship between attractiveness and internalizing problems. Implications for intervention programs and future research directions are discussed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-0266
Print ISSN
0272-930X
Pages
pp. 319-347
Launched on MUSE
2011-06-22
Open Access
No
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