Measuring social peer rejection during childhood: Development and validation

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Miriam Sarid, Rotem Sternberg

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This article defines the construct of social peer rejection and describes the development of the Social Peer Rejection Measure. Social peer rejection entails being rejected, excluded, ostracized, or criticized by one's peers; lack of active sympathy and active dislike on the part of one's peers; ignoring; preventing access to friends, playtime activities, toys, or important information; verbal aggression; commands; and blaming the rejected child. Evidence for the validity and reliability of the scale is presented. Results indicated strong content validity, construct validity, and criterion-referenced validity. Differences were found between females and males in terms of insult, accusation, and reported levels of physical attack.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-492
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received 2 February 2012; revised 19 July 2012; accepted 25 July 2012. This research was supported by the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center. Address correspondence to Rachel Lev-Wiesel, The Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies, University of Haifa, Hacarmel, Israel 31905. E-mail: [email protected]


  • childhood
  • measure
  • social peer rejection
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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