Peer Victimization and Social Interaction Anxiety in Adolescents

Author: Maria Farooq
Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq
Degree: BS
Year: 2011-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present research was conducted to explore the level of social interaction anxiety due to peer victimization in adolescents of secondary school. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between peer victimization and social interaction anxiety in adolescents. Co-relational research design and non-probability purposive sampling was used to recruit a sample of school students (N = 200) with equal distribution on the basis of gender. The data was collected from four schools of Lahore (Lahore Development Authority for Girls and Boys and Government Girls and Boys High School Wahdat Colony). Multidimensional Peer Victimization Scale MPV (Mynard & Joseph 2000) and Social Interaction Anxiety Scale SIAS (Mattick & Clarke, 1998) was used as assessment measure. The data was analyzed using Pearson product moment correlation analysis, hierarchical multiple regression analysis and independent samples t-test. Results showed that there is positive relationship between peer victimization and social interaction anxiety. Moreover peer victimization predicted the social interaction anxiety in adolescents. The findings of the study are discussed in the light of empirical evidences.

Keywords: Peer Victimization, Social Interaction Anxiety.
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