Friendship: makes a difference stress regulation.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Hydrocortisone (Health aspects)
Preschool children (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 09/22/2011
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall-Winter, 2011 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 3
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Netherlands Geographic Code: 4EUNE Netherlands
Accession Number: 277270190

Social rejection can cause stress in preschoolers, adolescents, and adults, A new study has found that friendships serve as a buffer against the negative effects of classmates' rejection.

The study, conducted by researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, appears in the journal Child Development, If looked at almost 100 fourth graders to determine whether victimization and exclusion by peers were related to increases in cortisol, and whether friendships moderated this association, Children who were excluded by their classmates had elevated levels of cortisol at school, the study found. They also had a smaller decline in cortisol over the course of the day. Both of these findings may indicate that exclusion is stressful. This was even more pronounced for excluded kids who had few friends or had friendships that were characterized as low in qualify.

Society for Research in Child Development (2011, Oct 26). Friendship makes a difference in stress regulation. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from
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