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Verbal abuse and internalizing problems in early adolescence: negative attributional style as mediator


Tan, Irene Li Yin and Mansor, Mariani and Abdullah, Rohani (2013) Verbal abuse and internalizing problems in early adolescence: negative attributional style as mediator. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 21 (1). pp. 133-146. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


This study examined the contributions of verbal abuse to internalizing problems among 324 early adolescent students (aged 11-13 years) in Selangor, and the mediating role negative attributional style plays in this relationship. Students were selected using a cluster sampling method and responded to a self-administered questionnaire. Children.s Perception of Parental Verbal Aggression (CPPVA; Solomon & Serres, 1999), The Children.s Attributional Style Questionnaire (CASQ; Seligman et al., 1984) and Internalizing Symptoms Scale for Children (ISSC; Merrell & Walters, 1998) were used to measure the variables in this study. Data were analyzed using Baron and Kenny.s (1986) statistical framework for assessing the mediational effects. Findings suggest that negative attributional style partially mediates verbal abuse and internalizing problems. This study sheds light on how verbal abuse contributes to internalizing problems in Asian context. Implications for intervention and prevention work related to internalizing problems among early adolescent students are also discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Internalizing problems; Verbal abuse; Negative attributional style; Early adolescent
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2015 00:32
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 02:57
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/28217
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