This study examined the relations among facial attractiveness, peer victimization, and internalizing problems in early adolescence. We hypothesized that experiences of peer victimization would partially mediate the relationship between attractiveness and internalizing problems. Ratings of attractiveness were obtained from standardized photographs of participants (93 girls and 82 boys). Teachers provided information regarding peer victimization experiences in sixth grade, and seventh-grade teachers assessed internalizing problems. Attractiveness was negatively correlated with victimization and internalizing problems. Experiences of peer victimization were positively correlated with internalizing problems. Structural equation modeling provided support for the hypothesized model of peer victimization partially mediating the relationship between attractiveness and internalizing problems. Implications for intervention programs and future research directions are discussed.
Rosen, Lisa H.; Underwood, Marion K.; and Beron, Kurt J.
"Peer Victimization as a Mediator of the Relation
Between Facial Attractiveness and
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 57
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol57/iss3/6