Friendships with Trouble Talking and Peer Victimization: Unraveling the Links to Teenage Depression

New research published in Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology explores what may influence the consequences of peer victimization for adolescents in the United States. The study findings reveal that when teenagers discuss their problems with a friend who also has social difficulties, their symptoms of depression tend to increase. When friends who talk about problems don’t have social problems, depressive symptoms tend to remain stable. For adolescents, peer victimization can take many forms, including physical assault, verbal harassment, social exclusion, and cyberbullying. The negative effects of peer victimization on…

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