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Meg Stomski

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Bachelor of Arts




The present study investigated the relationships between depressive symptoms, depression-linked behaviors, and peer relationship difficulties in elementary school children. Participants included 231 third, fourth and fifth grade students, mean age of 9.94, from two elementary schools in a metropolitan area in southeastern United States. Children completed measures of self-reported depressive symptoms, and teachers completed measures of depression-linked behaviors (aggression, asocial, anxious-fearful and social helpless) and peer relationship outcomes (victimization and exclusion) for each participating student in the spring. Findings suggest that children who display both depressive symptoms and depression-linked behavior are at higher risk for experiencing peer victimization and exclusion in schools, compared to children who are non-depressive and depressive only.