Adults often underestimate the importance of friendships in children's lives. For example, children's friendships, especially young children's friendships, might be thought of as unstable and transient and, therefore, not to be taken very seriously. Although it is true that friendships become more stable as children grow older (Berndt & Hoyle, 1985) and also show increased cooperativeness, loyalty, and intimacy with age (for a review, see Newcomb & Bagwell, 1995), it also is true that even young children's friendships have significance and can be quite enduring. Indeed, as researchers ...
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