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Child and family characteristics as risk factors for peer victimization in kindergarten


Perren, S; Stadelmann, S; von Klitzing, K (2009). Child and family characteristics as risk factors for peer victimization in kindergarten. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften, 31(1):13-32.

Abstract

The current study investigates whether children’s difficulties (symptoms, verbal ability) mediate the impact of family variables (emotional family environment, parental education level and foreign citizenship) on peer victimization. Teachers and parents completed questionnaires; children completed the Berkeley Puppet Interview and a verbal ability test at the ages of 5 and 6 (N=163). Results show that child and family characteristics independently of each other contribute to predict peer victimization. The higher are the level of conduct problems and emotional symptoms and the lower is the children’s verbal ability, the higher is the frequency of victimization experiences. Children from families with low education level present an increased risk of victimization.

Abstract

The current study investigates whether children’s difficulties (symptoms, verbal ability) mediate the impact of family variables (emotional family environment, parental education level and foreign citizenship) on peer victimization. Teachers and parents completed questionnaires; children completed the Berkeley Puppet Interview and a verbal ability test at the ages of 5 and 6 (N=163). Results show that child and family characteristics independently of each other contribute to predict peer victimization. The higher are the level of conduct problems and emotional symptoms and the lower is the children’s verbal ability, the higher is the frequency of victimization experiences. Children from families with low education level present an increased risk of victimization.

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Other titles:Eigenschaften des Kindes und der Familie als Risikofaktoren für die Viktimisierung durch Gleichaltrige im Kindergarten ; Les caractéristiques individuelles et familiales comme facteurs de risque de victimisation par les pairs à l’école enfantine
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:German
Date:2009
Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 10:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:38
Publisher:Academic Press Fribourg
ISSN:1424-3946
Official URL:http://www.rsse.ch/Revues/J09_1/de/1.html

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