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Friday, 17 December 2010

With A Little Help From Your Friends

"The long-term effects of being a withdrawn child are enduringly negative," says lead author William M. Bukowski, "Over time, we found that withdrawn kids showed increasing levels of sadness and higher levels of depressive feelings."

In this recent study, 130 girls and 101 boys took part in the three-year study, where they were asked to rate whether they felt shy or whether they preferred being on their own.

Compared with friendless children, those who had friends were less likely to report depressed feelings.

The researchers believe that "Friendship disrupts the negative and long-term effects of withdrawal. Friendship promotes resilience and protects at-risk kids from internalizing problems such as feeling depressed and anxious."

They concluded that the key to avoid peer rejection is to make at least one friend.

Link to full article on 'Science Daily'

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