Reactions to teasing and their relationship with adolescent mental health

Wen Chi Wu, Fu Li Chen, Lee Lan Yen, Yi Chen Chiang*

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the mediation effect of reactions to teasing on the relationship between teasing and in adolescentmental health. A standardized, pilot-tested survey was administered to a stratified, multistage, random sample (n = 1579) of Taiwanese 7-9 graders in 2007. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to investigate the mediation effect of reactions to teasing and their impact on mental health. Results of factor analysis indicated that reactions to teasing could be divided into feel-threatened reactions and non-defensive reactions. The results of SEM indicated that reactions to teasing mediated the relationship between experiences of being teased and mental health. Adolescents who had feel-threatened reactions to teasing are more likely to report poor mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-650
Number of pages22
JournalBulletin of Educational Psychology
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents’ mental health
  • Reactions
  • Teasing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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