1 Young Girls Friendships: Success & Disasters Deirdre BrandnerPsychologist
2 FriendshipsGirls beginning to figure out who they are, what they like, what is important to themThey want friends, to be liked and to fit inGet upset when left out, feel they are not good enoughDon’t want to share friends, feels others are invading their friendships.What problems do you see arising ?
3 Differences between girls and boys Girls have better at eye contactGirls historically have a critical need to trust and cooperateFemale role carer means sense of identity is often formed by feedback from othersGirls define friendship as someone who is honest and likes me !!!
4 Challenges of Friendships Receive negative feedback from friends, but still want to be part of the groupMean GirlsRather stay in destructive group that risk being lonelyInternalise the feedback they receive and blame themselves.Improves as they get olderThose with better resilience, self concept have greater coping strategies