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Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Kurt A. Freeman, PhD


Socially rejected youth suffer a number of difficulties in childhood and adulthood. This paper reviews the types of social status: popular, average, controversial, neglected and rejected, and addresses the youth classified as socially rejected. The available clinical interventions for socially rejected youth are discussed and a specific intervention for these youth, Positive Peer Reporting (PPR), is examined. Positive Peer Reporting differs from other interventions in that it targets the peers of the youth rather than the socially rejected youth. Findings support the limited effectiveness of this intervention and point to a need for further research on Positive Peer Reporting.