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Impact of Low Social Preference on the Development of Depressive and Aggressive Symptoms: Buffering by Children’s Prosocial Behavior

He, J. (Jin); Koot, Hans; Buil, J.M. (J. Marieke); Lier, Pol;
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  • Published: 19 Dec 2017
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
textabstractHolding a low social position among peers has been widely demonstrated to be associated with the development of depressive and aggressive symptoms in children. However, little is known about potential protective factors in this association. The present study examined whether increases in children’s prosocial behavior can buffer the association between their low social preference among peers and the development of depressive and aggressive symptoms in the first few school years. We followed 324 children over 1.5 years with three assessments across kindergarten and first grade elementary school. Children rated the (dis)likability of each of their class...
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Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Aggression, Childhood, Depression, Prosocial behavior, Social preference
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