“Peer acceptance represents social status or popularity within a large group, whereas friendships represent relationships based on mutual respect, appreciation, and liking.” Both peer relationships and friendships become increasingly important as children grow into adolescence. Experiencing positive peer relationships and friendships contribute to positive self-image, social competence and academic achievement, among other outcomes, and may act as a buffer against the negative impact of family troubles. Young people who find it difficult to develop such relationships are more likely to be aggressive, lonely and depressed (Yu, Tepper & Russell, 2009).
By Urban Institute
- Acceptance from Peers
- Affiliation with drug- or alcohol-using peers
- Close Friendships
- Exclusion by Peers
- Peer Victimization
Yu, J. J., Tepper, K. H. & Russell, S. T. (2009). Peer Relationships and Friendships. Building Partnerships for Youth. National 4H Council and the University of Arizona.