Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Dr. Antonio Polo

Project Abstract

This study aims to determine whether parental warmth can serve as a buffer or moderator against the potential impact of peer victimization. More specifically, it is hypothesized that: a) higher school victimization will predict increases in youth externalizing symptoms; b) the relationship between victimization and increases in youth aggression and conduct problems is expected to be weaker among youth who report higher parental warmth. In other words, peer victimization will lead to higher youth externalizing problems, but particularly among youth who report lower parental warmth. Participants in the present study included 95 predominately ethnic minority youth enrolled in 5th through 7th grade in a Chicago public school. Youth were administered two surveys, one year apart, which included the Youth Self Report (YSR) and the California School Climate and Safety Survey (CSCSS). Youth were also recruited for an interview in between the two survey administrations, in which they completed the Child Report of Parental Behavior Inventory (CRPBI). The findings from this study could help school administrators and mental health professionals recognize the importance that parents can play in helping youth cope and helping to prevent youth misconduct.

Type of Research

Department Honors, Independent Study


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