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Boys’ friendships key to resilience

Sun 28 June 15

Boys’ friendships play a pivotal role in developing resilience and confidence, a new study has found. UK research published this week has found boys with close “best” friends benefit from the relationship more than girls. Girls had a slightly higher tendency to promote risky behaviours such as self-blame and substance abuse when dealing with adversity. The research, published in the British Journal of Psychology, reported boys with best friends were able to develop effective ways of coping with stress and challenges, such as planning, reviewing an issue in a positive way and using friends for emotional support. Researcher and psychologist Dr Rebecca Graber said previous research into boys’ friendships focused on negative issues surrounding close relationships. “There has been almost a distrust Click here to continue reading.

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