Positive Parenting: Girl vs Boy Friendships

For years, scientists have thought girls build stronger friendships than boys.

But research shows that might not be the case and each may bring something different to the table.

Boys report being just as satisfied with their friendships as girls.

But the researchers did find that each sex was better at certain tasks of friendship.

For instance, girls were superior at expressing care, concern, and affection, disclosing details about themselves, helping, and managing conflict.

Boys excelled at generating fun and excitement, being forgiving, and not getting jealous.

The bottom line, while boys’ and girls’ friendships might look different, they both have the ability to create lasting bonds.

While it’s more common for children to stick to their own gender when it comes to friendships, many do become friends with members of the opposite sex.

Additionally, boy-girl friendships are more likely to occur outside of school.

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