Santo JB, Martin-Storey A, Recchia HL, Bukowski WM. (2018). Self-continuity moderates the association between peer victimization and depressed affect. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 28(4): 875-887.
Two longitudinal studies conducted with early adolescents (ages 10–13) examined the hypothesis that selfcontinuity, or the degree to which individuals feel that they remain the same person over time regardless of how their specific characteristics may change, would moderate the association between victimization and depressed affect. Both Study 1 (N = 141) and Study 2 (N = 100) provided evidence of the moderating role of selfcontinuity as a buffer on the effect of peer victimization. Study 2 confirmed that selfcontinuity had a moderating effect after controlling for academic performance, number of friends, selfesteem, selfconcept clarity, hopelessness, and selfblame. Findings support selfcontinuity as being protective with regard to negative peer environments.