Off-campus UNL users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your NU ID and password. When you are done browsing please remember to return to this page and log out.

Non-UNL users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Peer victimization and prosocial behavior trajectories: Exploring a potential source of resilience for victims

Emily R Griese, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the developmental trajectory of a potential source of resilience, prosocial behaviors, and its association with children's peer victimization from third to sixth grade. Latent growth mixture modeling (LGMM) was employed to explore first whether there were latent classes that emerged from these associations over time, and second, if there was a latent class indicating a potentially resilient pattern for victims. That is, a class with decreasing peer victimization and increasing or high-stable prosocial behaviors. The current study examined 1091 children (540 females, 81.4% Caucasian) who were followed across several time points (birth to 9th grade) as part of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. Data from the third phase were used for the current study, with assessments included from third to sixth grade. Findings from a parallel process LGMM indicated three latent classes (labeled normative, at-risk, and resilient) emerged from the data supporting the proposed hypotheses. Characteristics of each class are as follows: the normative class indicated a slight decrease in victimization and high-stable prosocial behaviors, the at-risk class indicated increasing victimization and decreasing prosocial behaviors, and, most notably, the resilient class indicated high initial, but dramatically decreasing victimization and high-stable prosocial behaviors. Follow-up analyses with covariates from the family, school, and individual levels further supported the labeling of these classes. Results highlight the need for further examine potential heterogeneity among victims, in particular, examining a source of resilience the victims themselves can enact. Implications for future studies examining prosocial behaviors as a source of resilience for peer victimized children are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology|Psychology, Developmental

Recommended Citation

Griese, Emily R, "Peer victimization and prosocial behavior trajectories: Exploring a potential source of resilience for victims" (2013). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3564145.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3564145

Share

COinS