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This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.
Chapter 4: Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence
Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence
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 ...