Interaction with Peers

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Interaction with Peers


Childhood friendships

> QUALTER AND MUNN have shown that children also learn from their experiences with other children.

> The way a child thinks about themself & others is partly determined by experiences, which then become internalised.

> Children might develop a sense of their own value as a result of interactions with others, which in turn develops how they approach adult relationships.

> NANGLE ET AL. claim that children's friendships are training grounds for important adult relationships.

> Close friendships are characterised by affection, a sense of alliance & the sharing of secrets. This promotes feelings of trust & acceptance - characteristics that are also important in later romantic relationships.

Adolescent relationships

> In the later stages of childhood, attachment usually shifts from parents to peers.

> Romantic relationships in adolescence help to achieve separation from parents as, having shifted focus to peers, adolescents can redirect intense interpersonal energy towards their romantic partner.

> Romantic relationships in adolescence allow the adolescent to gain a type of emotional & physical intimacy that's very different from that experienced with parents.

> MADSEN tested the effects of dating behaviour…


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