Interpretation of teasing during early adolescence
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Clin. Psychol.
teasing; adolescents; Psychology, Clinical
Research has suggested that teasing, especially about physical appearance, is a common experience with negative consequences for adolescents. This study aimed to examine the cognitive processes of adolescents exposed to teasing. Students from two middle schools were assigned randomly to view videotaped vignettes of appearance-related teasing, competency teasing, or a control situation and completed questionnaires to assess their cognitive reactions and memories of the teasing. Results indicated that adolescent girls recalled appearance-related teasing more readily than competency teasing, adolescent girls with high body dissatisfaction recalled fewer positive appearance words, and participants exposed to competency teasing were more likely to recall competency words. The findings indicated that cognitive processes may be important in the study of adolescents' interpretation of teasing and for clinical treatment of adolescents who are teased. (c) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
"Interpretation of teasing during early adolescence" (2007). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6800.