Loneliness as a Partial Mediator of the Relation between Low Social Preference in Childhood and Anxious/Depressed Symptoms in Adolescence

Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 21, pp. 479-491, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009

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Reid Griffith Fontaine

Duke University

Gregory S. Pettit

Auburn University

Chongming Yang

Duke University

Kenneth Dodge

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy

Virginia Salzer Burks

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Joseph M. Price

San Diego State University - College of Sciences, Department of Psychology

John E. Bates

Indiana University

Date Written: April 14, 2009

Abstract

This study examined the mediating role of loneliness (assessed by self-report at Time 2; Grade 6) in the relation between early social preference (assessed by peer report at Time 1; kindergarten through Grade 3) and adolescent anxious/depressed symptoms (assessed by mother, teacher, and self-reports at Time 3; Grades 7–9). Five hundred eighty-five boys and girls (48% female; 16% African American) from three geographic sites of the Child Development Project were followed from kindergarten through Grade 9. Loneliness partially mediated and uniquely incremented the significant effect of low social preference in childhood on anxious/depressed symptoms in adolescence, controlling for early anxious/depressed symptoms at Time 1. Findings are critical to understanding the psychological functioning through which early social experiences affect youths’ maladjusted development. Directions for basic and intervention research are discussed, and implications for treatment are addressed.

Keywords: Development, Psychopathology, Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness, Clinical, Childhood, Adolescence, Maladjustment, Maladaptive

Suggested Citation

Fontaine, Reid Griffith and Pettit, Gregory S. and Yang, Chongming and Dodge, Kenneth and Burks, Virginia Salzer and Price, Joseph M. and Bates, John E., Loneliness as a Partial Mediator of the Relation between Low Social Preference in Childhood and Anxious/Depressed Symptoms in Adolescence (April 14, 2009). Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 21, pp. 479-491, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1381019

Reid Griffith Fontaine (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

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Gregory S. Pettit

Auburn University

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Chongming Yang

Duke University ( email )

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Kenneth Dodge

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Virginia Salzer Burks

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Joseph M. Price

San Diego State University - College of Sciences, Department of Psychology ( email )

CA
United States

John E. Bates

Indiana University

107 S Indiana Ave
100 South Woodlawn
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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