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Christopher A. Hafen, Brett Laursen & Dawn DeLay

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 4: Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence

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Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence
Transformations in friend relationships across the transition into adolescence
Christopher A.HafenBrettLaursenDawnDeLay

Early adolescence, the period from about 10 to 13 years old, is a time of growth and new experiences. As children enter into early adolescence, they spend more time with peers and less time with parents and other adults. They are also beginning the lengthy process of identity development and so may be preoccupied with doubts about who they are and how they fit into their expanding social world. Withdrawal from parents and uncertainty about the definition of self may leave the individual vulnerable to new sources of influence. Friends often step into this void. Consistent with this claim is evidence that the likelihood of being influenced ...

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