Adolescent obesity, overt and relational peer victimization, and romantic relationships.

@article{Pearce2002AdolescentOO,
  title={Adolescent obesity, overt and relational peer victimization, and romantic relationships.},
  author={Michelle J. Pearce and Julie Boergers and Mitch Prinstein},
  journal={Obesity research},
  year={2002},
  volume={10 5},
  pages={
          386-93
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To examine associations between obesity and peer relations in adolescents, specifically testing the hypotheses that obese adolescents are more frequent victims of peer aggression and are less likely to develop romantic relationships. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES Measures of overt and relational victimization, as well as dating status and satisfaction, were collected for a group of 416 ninth- through twelfth-grade students (51.7% girls). Body mass index was computed for each teen… 
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