Friendship Quality and Social Development

  title={Friendship Quality and Social Development},
  author={Thomas J. Berndt},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={10 - 7}
  • T. J. Berndt
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
A high-quality friendship is characterized by high levels of prosocial behavior, intimacy, and other positive features, and low levels of conflicts, rivalry, and other negative features. Friendship quality has been assumed to have direct effects on many aspects of children's social development, including their self-esteem and social adjustment. Recent research suggests, however, that friendship quality affects primarily children's success in the social world of peers. Friendship quality could… 

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