Longitudinal Links Between Adolescent Social Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms: Testing the Mediational Effects of Cybervictimization

Autor(en): Van Zalk, Nejra
Van Zalk, Maarten 
Stichwörter: CHILDHOOD; Comorbidity; CONSEQUENCES; CYBER VICTIMIZATION; Cybervictimization; Depressive symptoms; Early adolescence; MIDDLE SCHOOL; Pediatrics; PEER VICTIMIZATION; PHOBIA; PREDICTORS; PREVALENCE; Psychiatry; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; Social anxiety; TRAJECTORIES
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 50
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 186
Seitenende: 197
This study focuses on the temporal sequence between social anxiety and depressive symptoms, and whether cybervictimization might mediate these links. We used a longitudinal sample of 501 early adolescents (51.9% girls; M-age=13.96) followed at three time points. Using a cross-lagged path model in MPlus, we found that social anxiety predicted depressive symptoms over time, but not the other way around. Time-1 depressive symptoms also predicted cybervictimization, but only for boys and not for girls. No mediating effects of cybervictimization emerged; however, Time-2 social anxiety was a significant mediator between Time-1 social anxiety and depressive symptoms, whereas Time-2 depressive symptoms significantly mediated the link between Time-1 social anxiety and Time-3 depressive symptoms. In sum, social anxiety was a strong predictor of depressive symptoms over time but not vice versairrespective of cybervictimization.
ISSN: 0009398X
DOI: 10.1007/s10578-018-0829-1

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