The more strongly participants agreed that they (a) have negative attitudes toward teases (r =.42, p <.001), (b) are the recipient of negative teases (r =.30, p <.01), and (c) are generally self-conscious (r = .23, p <.05), the more negative they anticipated their emotional reaction to be to the ambiguous teases (i.e., the higher their NERT scores).
The more the participants' anticipated a negative emotional response to the teases (i.e., NERT scores), the more likely they indicated they would be to respond to the ambiguous teasers by avoiding (Avoid #2; r =.22, p <.05), retaliating against (Retaliate #1; r =.27, p <.05), and complaining to them (Complain #1 and #2; r =.37, p <.001 and r =.39, p <.001, respectively), and the less likely they indicated they would be to respond by acting friendly toward the teasers (Act Friendly #1 and #2; r = -.40, p <.001 and r = -.25, p <.001, respectively).
In the model tested (see Figure 1), participants' ATT, ExpT1, ExpT2, and general self-consciousness scores were used as predictors of their NERT scores which, in turn, were used as the predictor of their behavioral responses to the teasers scores, with each of the eight behavioral responses included in a separate analysis.
When the four specific tease topics were considered separately, participants' ATT scores were consistently associated with their topic-specific NERT scores (i.e., weight [r =.41, p <.001], academic ability [r =.29, p <.01], athletic ability [r =.40, p <.001], appearance of face/skin [r =.30, p <.01]).
In these regressions, ATT, ExpT1, ExpT2, and Self-consciousness for weight, height, academic ability, appearance of clothes, athletic ability, and appearance of face/skin (all entered at Step 1) were tested as potential predictors of NERT for each topic-specific tease.
A series of path analyses were conducted in which participants' ATT, ExpT1, ExpT2, and Self-Consciousness for Weight scores were used as predictors of their NERT for the weight tease scores which, in turn, were used as the predictor of their behavioral responses to the weight teaser scores, with each of the eight behavioral responses included in a separate analysis.
(5) The same emotions and procedure for calculating a participant's NERT score were used in prior research on adolescents' responses to ambiguous teases (Barnett et al., 2013).
Results of path analyses examining the predicted relationships among the participants' (negative) attitude toward teases (i.e., ATT), experiences with antisocial (Type 1) teases (i.e., ExpT1), experiences with prosocial (Type 2) teases (i.e., ExpT2), self-consciousness (21-item trait measure), negative emotional response to the teases (i.e., NERT), and six negative behavioral responses to the teasers.