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<p>Subjective socioeconomic status (SSS) has been related to adverse mental and physical health outcomes in adults, but little is known about its correlates in adolescence. The present study examines how SSS is associated with social anxiety, loneliness, and somatic symptoms in middle school, and explores whether negative social cognitions (self-blame) moderate these associations. Relying on a large, ethnically diverse sample of 6th grade participants (<em>N</em> = 5,991), students indicated their SSS on a ladder ranging from 1 to 12 and responded to self-reports of social anxiety, loneliness, and somatic symptoms. A hypothetical vignette involving peer mistreatment was used to assess tendency to self-blame. Consistent with the hypotheses, the regression analyses indicated that adolescents who report lower SSS experience worse social-emotional (but not health) outcomes when they tend to blame themselves for peer mistreatment.</p>
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