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Friendship and Its Important Roles in Sharpening Children’s and Adolescents’ Well Being and Development Objectives:
1. What are the growing importance of friends in governing our social behavior and our social selves? 2. What is the social status or levels of acceptance of the children and adolescent within the peer group? 3. How does one acquire the ability of “selling” oneself to others and make friends?

The self – who we are and who we think we are – plainly influences social interactions. But the reverse is also true, and there is no question that the social world influences – and some would say, defines – who we think we are. Each of us is influenced by how others treat us and how they respond to our actions. Their behavior causes us to adjust our social role, and, in many cases, to reshape how we think about ourselves. Indeed, some authors cast this more strongly, suggesting that what each of us considers to be “me” is in large part derived from what others have taught us and how they have reacted to us. The self that each of us knows, in other words, is what William Cooley, many years ago, called a “looking glass self”, defined largely through what we have learned in our interaction with others. (Gleitman, Fridlund, & Reisberg, 2004, PSYCHOLOGY, p.170)

1. What are the growing importance of friends in governing our social behavior and our social selves? The world of peers is one of varying acquaintances; children interact with some children they barely know, and with others they know well, for hours every day. It is to the latter type – friends – that we now turn. Friendships serve six functions: (John W. Santrock, 2004, CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Tenth Edition) p.522) 1. Companionship. Friendship provides children with a familiar partner, someone who is willing to spend time with them and join in collaborative activities. 2. Stimulation. Friendship provides children with interesting information, excitement, and amusement. 3....