Children's mathematics and verbal self-concepts and externalizing behaviors: The moderating role of peer rejection at school

Ylenia Passiatore, Teresa Grimaldi Capitello, Simona de Stasio, Michela Millioni, Simonetta Gentile, Caterina Fiorilli

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Previous research has found a strong correlation between children's academic self-concept and their behavioral problems. The present study examined whether children's peer rejection moderated the relationship between children's math and verbal self-concepts and their behavioral problems at school. We expected that children's social competence, as measured by peer rejection, moderated the negative effect of low self-concept on children's externalizing behaviors. Participants were 173 children (males = 93, Mage = 10.31 years, SD = 1.43). The main findings showed that peer rejection moderated the effect of both low verbal and math self-concepts on children's externalizing behavior. The results are discussed in terms of the protective factor played by children's social competence reducing the impact of low self-concept on children's externalizing behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1912
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2017



  • Behavioral problems
  • Externalizing problems
  • Math and verbal self-concept
  • Peer rejection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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