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With a Little Help from My Friends: New Brief

In a new Pennsylvia State University brief, authors Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Karen Bierman explain the complex world of peer relationships for children.  Although children learn social skills and benefit from interactions with their peers, they also potentially face peer conflict and difficulties such as rejection and victimization. Children who struggle with delays or deficits in social-emotional skills are often rebuffed by peers, which reduces the opportunities they have to learn and build personal and interpersonal skills and effective communication. Current research shows social-emotional programming can improve their relationships with peers and foster more tolerant and supportive environments for these children.

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