Peer Relationships and Academic Achievement as Interacting Predictors of Depressive Symptoms During Middle ChildhoodJournal of Abnormal Psychology (2008)
AbstractThis article reports a longitudinal investigation that examines academic and social difficulties as predictors of depressive symptoms during middle childhood. Participants were 199 elementary school children (M=9.1 years) who were followed for 2 consecutive school years. In both years of the project, children completed a questionnaire assessing depressive symptoms and a peer nomination inventory assessing friendships and social standing. Grade point averages (GPAs) were obtained from a review of school records. Low GPAs were predictive of depressive symptoms, but this effect did not hold for children who had numerous friends. Similarly, children who had relatively few friends tended to experience depressive symptoms. However, the effect was attenuated for children with high GPAs. Taken together, the findings suggest that competencies in 1 domain can moderate the risks associated with difficulties in the other domain.
Publication DateMay, 2008
Citation InformationDavid Schwartz, Andrea Hopmeyer Gorman, Mylien T Duong and Johnathan Nakamoto. "Peer Relationships and Academic Achievement as Interacting Predictors of Depressive Symptoms During Middle Childhood" Journal of Abnormal Psychology Vol. 117 Iss. 2 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrea_gormanhopmeyer/2/