Healthy Friendships in Developing Adolescents
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Friends are a strong influence in an adolescent's life, making peers a valuable resource for promoting healthy behaviors.
Friendships play a major role in the lives of adolescents.1 A circle of caring and supportive friends can help adolescents transition to adulthood.2 Parents, teachers and other adult role models can help young people learn how to make and keep good friends.3 Still, forming and maintaining friendships during adolescence can be challenging. Peer pressure – good and bad – often affects decisions young people make.3 Adults can set good examples, teach interpersonal skills, and help adolescents nurture positive friendships. One important lesson is that friends can say "no" to each other and remain friends.4
Content last reviewed on September 20, 2016