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Friend Selection, Changes In The Nature Of Friendship, Changes In The Conception Of Friendship, Influence Of Parenting On Friendship

Friends are people who feel affection for one another and enjoy spending time together. Reciprocity characterizes the nature of most friendships. Friends typically have mutual regard for one another, exhibit give-and-take in their behaviors, and benefit in comparable ways from their social interaction. The formation, nature, and effects of friendship all change as children develop. Despite these changes, having friends is important to children's overall development, and friendship has an impact on children's social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

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Social Issues ReferenceChild Development Reference - Vol 3