The Social Life of Teenagersby mobicip   2 years ago



The need for adolescents to be with friends is perhaps hardwired in the brain. A recent research paper reports that being with peers after a stressor is associated with lower sadness, worry and jealousy compared to being alone, and lower sadness compared to being with family. A growing child looks up to her family – parents and siblings, largely, to meet emotional needs. In time, her independence moves her closer to a peer group that she is able to choose, rather than the family she was provided with. As disconcerting as this may be for the parent, it is a healthy part of growing, and somewhere along the way, a balance is achieved.