Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 154–164

Reciprocal, Longitudinal Associations Among Adolescents' Negative Feedback-Seeking, Depressive Symptoms, and Peer Relations


DOI: 10.1007/s10802-005-9010-y

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Borelli, J.L. & Prinstein, M.J. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2006) 34: 154. doi:10.1007/s10802-005-9010-y

This study examined reciprocal associations among adolescents' negative feedback-seeking, depressive symptoms, perceptions of friendship quality, and peer-reported social preference over an 11-month period. A total of 478 adolescents in grades 6–8 completed measures of negative feedback-seeking, depressive symptoms, friendship quality, global-self-esteem, and social anxiety at two time points. Peer-reported measures of peer status were collected using a sociometric procedure. Consistent with hypotheses, path analyses results suggested that negative feedback-seeking was associated longitudinally with depressive symptoms and perceptions of friendship criticism in girls and with lower social preference scores in boys; however, depressive symptoms were not associated longitudinally with negative feedback-seeking. Implications for interpersonal models of adolescent depression are discussed.


negative feedback-seeking depression peer relations adolescence development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale UniversityDepartment of PsychologyNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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