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Long-Term Effects of Peer Victimization

Title: Long-Term Effects of Peer Victimization: Examining the Link Among Early Experiences with Victimization, Social Support, and Current Well-Being in Honors College Students.
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Name(s): Saintil, Marcia, author
Pfeiffer, Steven I., professor directing dissertation
Readdick, Christine A., university representative
Osborn, Debra S., 1968-, committee member
Canto, Angela I., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (218 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Gifted individuals tend to experience social stressors similar to their not-gifted peers, yet minimal research has been conducted on the potential impact of early social difficulties on their later adjustment. The main purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between early experiences of peer victimization and later well-being in honors college students and the potential moderating effect of social support on this relationship. Three research questions were posed: What is the difference in reported early peer victimization between honors college students and non-honors college students; what is the relationship between early experiences of peer victimization and later well-being of gifted and not-gifted college students, with respect to age, gender, and ethnicity differences; and does early social support serve to moderate the relationship between early peer victimization and later well-being in gifted and not-gifted students? Completed data from a total of 78 honors and 68 non-honors college student participants, attending 1 of 2 four-year universities in the southeastern region of the United States, were analyzed. Early experiences of peer victimization, current well-being, and early perception of social support were measured utilizing the Retrospective Bullying Questionnaire, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, the Satisfaction With Life Scale, Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well-Being, and a revised version of the Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale, respectively. The ages of student participants ranged from 18-33 years of age. Data was collected for this study between Summer and Fall 2016. A chi-square test of independence, MANOVA, and MANCOVA were utilized to investigate the study's research questions. Results indicated that gifted students reported more early experiences of relational forms of peer victimization than not-gifted students. For both groups, White/Caucasian, Black/African-American, and Asian/Pacific Islander participants and those with early experiences of bullying showed variation in scores of well-being. Significant interaction effects suggested that early social support from teachers and close friends moderated the relationship between early experiences of victimization and later well-being. A discussion regarding the interpretation, limitations, implications of the obtained findings, along with needs for future research, is provided.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Saintil_fsu_0071E_13775 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 14, 2017.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Steven I. Pfeiffer, Professor Directing Dissertation; Christine A. Readdick, University Representative; Debra Osborn, Committee Member; Angel Canto, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_2017SP_Saintil_fsu_0071E_13775
Owner Institution: FSU

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Saintil, M. (2017). Long-Term Effects of Peer Victimization: Examining the Link Among Early Experiences with Victimization, Social Support, and Current Well-Being in Honors College Students. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_2017SP_Saintil_fsu_0071E_13775