Friendship

FRIENDSHIP 9

NidalG.Ishaq

Universityof Flint

Humanare social creatures. They highly depend on each other for survival.Forming friendship is therefore, a means of survival (Simon &ampZamazing, 2013). The types of friendships that individuals get intovary from place to place and have certain distinct features. is a critical aspect of growth and development amonghumans. The roles and functions of friendships changes asindividuals’ advances in age (Cornwell, 2009). This paper,therefore, examines the importance of friendship to humans and itslink to one’s health and wellbeing. Further, scrutinizes thefunctions of friendship and the consequences of having few friends atthe different stages of life.

Toschool-age children, friends are a critical component for healthydevelopment. Various studies have shown that children with few or nofriends are more likely to encounter emotional and mental hardshipslater in their lives compared to their more social counterparts(Ferrer, 2002). To children, friends are not only there as playmatesbut even more importantly, as counterparts who aid in emotional andmoral growth. It is by interacting with friends that they learn howto solve various issues and how to communicate effectively. Inaddition, a child’s thinking ability grows and expands as the childnavigates through the various dynamics of friendships. The ability tonegotiate with others is another social skill acquired at this earlystage in life. According to Flora (2013), a child’s friends have aninfluence on his or her attitude towards school and their performancein class. Children without friends are known to have emotionaldifficulties later in their lives (Ferrer, 2002).

Asfar as teenagers are concerned, friends are a vital source of socialsupport. At this stage, the young men and women in this category areknown to spend more of their time with friends and less with theirfamily members. And whereas early adolescence is associated with samesex friendships, mid-adolescence is mainly characterized bycross-gender interactions.

Intheir contribution to studies on friendships, Simon and Zamazing(2013), found teenage friendships to be mainly based on commonlifestyles and interests. By late adolescence these friendships arelikely to evolve into highly romantic interactions.

Toteenagers, friendships are important in one’s life for variousreasons. To begin with, friends’ enables a normal teen feelaccepted thereby becoming increasingly confident with who they are.These two aspects are imperative for a healthy social and emotionalgrowth of a teenager. Adolescents who feel accepted and confident areless affected by rejection (Amoroso &amp Noyed, 2003).Further,they are less likely to become bullies. Friends can easily affecteach other’s performance in academics, social and personal aspects.The fact that they share common goals and interests make it is easyto influence the choices of one another. Friends at this stage cansupport and encourage one another. They create a network for sharingknowledge among the members. In the often stressful teen periods,they assume the role of trustworthy confidants. Finally, friends helpcreate healthy fun and excitement.

Althoughmost studies on friendship have focused on its importance to childrenand teenagers, friendships are equally important to adults and theold. Friends play a major role in the success and failures inmarriages, parenting and career. However, during the transition fromyouth to adulthood, studies have reported complications infriendships. Like the teenage stage, during the adult life, friendsform a networking platform. At this stage it not easy to tell betweena friend and a competitor especially in the work environment. At oldage, family duties and pressure decline hence friendship. Friendsprovide provides connections to larger communities. At old age,established friendship are more valuable than forming new ones(Flora, 2013). So important are friendships such that the absence ofthem is associated poor health especially among the older people(Cornwell, 2009).

References

Cornwell,Y., &amp Waite, L. (2009).&nbspSocialDisconnectedness, Perceived Isolation and Health among Older Adults:Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Duck,S. (1973). Personal Relationships and Personal Constructs: A Study of Formation London: John Wiley &amp Sons

Flora,C. (2013).&nbspFriendfluencethe Hidden Ways in Which s Shape Our Characters and LifeChances from Infancy to Old Age.&nbspLondon:Short Books relationships (pp. 63-82). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

Haas,S. et al. (2010) Health and the Structure of Adolescent SocialNetworks. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 4(51). 424-439 DOI10.1177/0022146510386791:

Rawlins,W. K. (1998). Writing about friendship matters: A case study indialectical and dialogical inquiry. In B. Montgomery &amp L. Baxter(Eds.),Dialectical approaches to studying personal.

References

Haas,S. et al. (2010) Health and the Structure of Adolescent SocialNetworks. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 4(51). 424-439 DOI10.1177/0022146510386791

Cornwell,Y., &amp Waite, L. (2009).&nbspSocialDisconnectedness, Perceived Isolation and Health among Older Adults:Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Rawlins,W. K. (1998). Writing about friendship matters: A case study indialectical and dialogical inquiry. In B. Montgomery &amp L. Baxter(Eds.),Dialectical approaches to studying personal relationships (pp.63-82). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Flora,C. (2013).&nbspFriendfluencethe Hidden Ways in Which s Shape Our Characters and LifeChances from Infancy to Old Age.&nbspLondon:Short Books.

Duck,S. (1973). Personal Relationships and Personal Constructs: A Study of

Formation London: John Wiley &amp Sons.

Amoroso,C., &amp Noyed, R. B. (2003). . Chanhassen, MN:Child`s World

Ferrer,M., &amp Fugate, A. (2002). The Importance of forSchool-Age Children1.

Simon,N., &amp Zamazing, C. (2013). Allkinds of friends.Chicago, Ill: Albert Whitman &amp Company.

Humanbeings are social beings. They depend on others for survival. is a means of survival (Simon &amp Zamazing, 2013). Typesof friendships vary from place to place and have certain distinctfeatures. is an important aspect of growth and developmentof any human being. The roles and functions of friendships change asan individual’s age changes(Cornwell,2009). This paper seeks to discuss in details the importance offriendship and its importance at all ages. Further, scrutinizes thefunctions of friendship and the consequences of having few friends atthe different stages of life.

Toschool-age children, friends are a critical component towards ahealthy development. Past studies have shown that children who do nothave friends encounter emotional and mental hardships later in theirlives (Ferrer, M., 2002). Friends to children are more than justplaymaters, since they help them develop both emotionally andmorally. It is by interacting with friends that they learn how tosolve various issues, how to communicate among other vital socialskills. Further, their thinking ability is developed during thevarious situations they face in the friendships. Negotiation skillsare also advanced in thses relationships. Finally, friends tend toinfluence the child’s attitude towards school and impact theirperformance positively (Flora, 2013).

Friendsare a source of support for teenage boy and girls. At this stage, theyoung men and women spend most of their time with friends more thanthey do with their family members. At early adolescence, thefriendship is mainly a same-sex friendship, unlike mid-adolescence,where it’s more of boy-girl grouping. Teen friendships are mainlybased on common lifestyles and interests (Simon &amp Zamazing,2013). However, late adolescence there are more romanticrelationships.

Whenchildren reach the teenage stage, friendships are important for anumber of reasons. They help a normal teen feel accepted henceconfident which furthers the development of healthy relationships.These two aspects are imperative for a healthy social and emotionalgrowth of a teenager. Adolescents who feel accepted and confident areless impacted by rejections of any form (Amoroso &amp Noyed, 2003).Also,theyare less likely to be bullies. Friends can easily imact positively,the academic, social, and personal aspects of a young person. Thefact that they share common goals and interests make it easy toinfluence the choices of one another. Friends at this stage cansupport and encourage one another. They provide a networking platformand a source of knowledge. In the often stressful teen periods, theyare very trustworthy confidants. Lastly, friends help healthy fun andexcitement.

Althoughmost studies on friendships have focused more on children thanteebagers, it is equally important important in adulthood and oldage. Friends play a major role in marriage, studies have reportedcomplications in friendships. Like the teenage stage, during theadult life, friends form a networking platform. At this stage it isnot easy to tell between a friend and a competitor especially intheir work envirionment. At old age, family duties and pressuredecline hence friendship. Friends provide connections to largercommunities. At this stage, established friendship is preferred tonew relationships (Flora, 2013).

has been found to be an important component human.Researchers have found children without friends to suffer fromemotional challenges later in their life (Ferrer, M., 2002). FURTHER (AVOID THE WORD) having few close friends have been found tocontribute to poor health especially to the older people ( Cornwell,2009).