Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 175–185

Violent Victimization in the Community and Children’s Subsequent Peer Rejection: The Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation

  • Brynn M. Kelly
  • David Schwartz
  • Andrea Hopmeyer Gorman
  • Jonathan Nakamoto


This paper describes a short-term longitudinal study of the relation between violent victimization in the community and peer rejection among 199 children (mean age = 9.02 years) attending two urban Los Angeles area elementary schools. We used a multi-informant approach to assess victimization by community violence, peer group victimization, peer rejection, and impairments in emotion regulation. These data were collected annually for two consecutive school years. Violent victimization in the community predicted later peer rejection after accounting for the effects of initial levels of peer rejection. Analyses indicated that this relation was mediated by deficient emotion regulation skills. In addition, we found evidence that victimization by community violence and peer rejection are reciprocally related over time. The developmental implications of these findings are discussed.


Violence Peer relations Emotional control Communities Social adjustment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brynn M. Kelly
    • 1
  • David Schwartz
    • 1
  • Andrea Hopmeyer Gorman
    • 2
  • Jonathan Nakamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOccidental CollegeLos AngelesUSA

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