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Volume 23 Issue 3 (May/June 2014), Pages i-ii, 217-352

Prosocial Peer Treatment and the Psychosocial Outcomes Associated with Anxious‐Withdrawal (pages 314-322)

This study examined prosocial peer treatment as a potential moderator of the associations between anxious‐withdrawal and depressive symptoms and victimization. The stability of anxious‐withdrawal was also considered in this short‐term longitudinal study of young adolescent boys and girls (N = 264; Mage = 12.08 years). Constructs were assessed with peer nomination and self‐report measures. Regression analyses revealed that being the recipient of prosocial behaviour by the peer group strengthened the stability of anxious‐withdrawal over time and, for boys, the association between anxious‐withdrawal and victimization concurrently and over time. The importance of these findings for research on and intervention for anxious‐withdrawal during early adolescence is discussed. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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