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Kindergarten Friendships Matter For Boys More Than Girls
2011-11-30 10:52:22

High-quality friendships in kindergarten may mean that boys will have fewer behavior problems and better social skills in first and third grades, said Nancy McElwain, a University of Illinois associate professor of human development and co-author of a study published in a recent issue of Infant and Child Development. "The findings for girls were different," said Jennifer Engle, lead author of the study. "Overall, teachers reported that girls in the first and third grade had good social...

2011-11-23 12:04:13

Young girls have been viewed as far more savvy than boys at navigating the emotional pitfalls of friendships. But a new report shows that when friends let them down, girls are even more devastated than boys, researchers from Boston College and Duke University report in the journal Child Development. Researchers examined whether or not girls cope better than boys when a friend violates a core expectation of friendships. The study of fourth- and fifth-grade children found that these...

2011-11-22 10:41:13

Girls may be sugar and spice, but "everything nice" takes a back seat when friends let them down. In a Duke University study out Tuesday, researchers found that pre-teen girls may not be any better at friendships than boys, despite previous research suggesting otherwise. The findings suggest that when more serious violations of a friendship occur, girls struggle just as much and, in some ways, even more than boys. The girls in this study were just as likely as boys to report that they...

2011-09-28 09:45:17

The drinking habits of a romantic partner's friends are more likely to impact an adolescent's future drinking than are the behaviors of an adolescent's own friends or significant other, according to a new study in the October issue of the American Sociological Review. "Dating someone whose friends are big drinkers is more likely to cause an adolescent to engage in dangerous drinking behaviors than are the drinking habits of the adolescent's own friends or romantic partner," said Derek...

2011-09-28 05:54:37

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The drinking habits of a romantic partner´s friend are more likely to impact an adolescent´s future than the behaviors of the adolescent´s own friends or significant other, according to this study. "Dating someone whose friends are big drinkers is more likely to cause an adolescent to engage in dangerous drinking behaviors than are the drinking habits of the adolescent's own friends or romantic partner," Derek Kreager, lead author of the study and...

2011-09-27 05:42:23

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study suggests people like to make friends with others who share their same beliefs, values and interests, and the more choices they have, the more likely they are to choose these kinds of friends. However, just because friends are similar doesn't mean they are closer to each other. Researchers compared colleges in the Midwest with small enrollments (about 500 students) to a college with more than 25,000 students. They approached pairs of students that were...

2011-09-22 12:19:14

People prefer to make friends with others who share their beliefs, values, and interests. The more choice people have, the more their friends are alike, according to research published in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (published by SAGE). People aren't looking for identical twins, but they seek similarity because it makes for smoother, more pleasant interaction. When people have choice–and most Americans do–they find friendships and romantic relationships with people...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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