Say yes to sin­gle close friend­ships

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - IANS

As­in­gle sup­port­ive close friend­ship can help young peo­ple from low-in­come back­grounds to thrive in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances. “Boys’ and girls’ best friend­ships are an im­por­tant source of mean­ing and strength in the face of sub­stan­tial ad­ver­sity,” says Re­becca Graber from Univer­sity of Sus­sex in Bri­tain, who car­ried out a study to ex­am­ine the same.

Pre­vi­ous re­search has linked chal­lenges like good phys­i­cal health, men­tal health, aca­demic achieve­ment and em­ploy­ment to in­volve­ment with peers and mem­ber­ship of larger friend­ship groups. But it hasn’t looked at whether young peo­ple’s best friend­ships could pos­i­tively con­trib­ute to self-re­liance, a bal­anced per­spec­tive on life, and the abil­ity to make mean­ing from dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

In the new study, the re­searchers sur­veyed 409 stu­dents aged be­tween 11 and 19 from three schools and two col­leges in York­shire serv­ing catch­ment ar­eas with poor so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus.

The re­searchers found that both boys’ and girls’ best friend­ships fa­cil­i­tated ef­fec­tive ways of cop­ing (such as plan­ning, re­fram­ing an is­sue in a pos­i­tive way and us­ing emo­tional sup­port) that helped them de­velop re­silience to com­plex chal­lenges.

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