Peer influences

Annette M. La Greca, Ryan R. Landoll

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Peer relationships play an important role in youngsters’ social and emotional development. From early childhood on, children spend a considerable amount of time with peers, and by age 7, children spend most of their daytime hours in school or play settings with classmates and friends. This trend continues, and accelerates, through adolescence (La Greca & Prinstein, 1999). Successful peer relationships contribute to youngsters’ emotional health, facilitating the development of social skills and fostering feelings of personal competence that are essential for adult interpersonal functioning (Hartup, 1996). Supportive friendships also serve a protective function, such as by moderating the adverse effects of parental conflict (Wasserstein & La Greca, 1996).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Second edition
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780511994920
ISBN (Print)9780521721486
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


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