Megan Evers



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Megan Evers, PSY495: Relationships and Social Development Lab
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Kimberly Kamper-DeMarco, Psychology

Peer victimization is experienced at high rates among adolescents and can lead to detrimental outcomes (Wilfley, et al., 2007, Nilsson, et al., 2007). Peer victimization consists of physical and relational forms of victimization. Physical victimization is defined as the being on the receiving end of physical aggression (i.e., hitting, kicking) whereas relational victimization is defined as being the victim of relationship manipulation (e.g., exclusion, rumors, Crick et al., 1996). Relational and physical victimization have demonstrated associations with externalizing and internalizing problems (Reijntjes et al., 2010, 2011), little work has examined the role that each form of peer victimization may play in one's self-perception of their physical appearance. Previous research has demonstrated that peer victimization can lead to negative body image. Frisen and colleagues (2009) found that both girls and boys report feeling that they are fat after being victimized, while Adams and Bukowski (2008) found that obese girls who were victimized were more likely to experience increased depression symptoms. These findings suggest there is a clear correlation between peer victimization and how individuals feel about their physical appearance. The current study uses a series of questionnaires administered through Qualtrics to look at the correlation between peer victimization and physical appearance self-concept. To assess this, we will use the Child Social Experience Scale (Crick et al., 1996) and the Harter Self-Perception Profile (revised, Harter, 2012). We hypothesize that there will be a positive correlation between peer victimization and self-concept of physical appearance. Data collection is current and ongoing.

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The Association Between Peer Victimization and Physical Perception Self-Concept
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