and Peer Difficulties
Social and peer difficulties
may arise due to various reasons. Typically though the child will not be able
to initiate and maintain friendships. Research has indicated that children with
friends have a better sense of well-being, higher self-esteem and less social
problems as adults compared to individuals without friends.
are important for various reasons, especially in assisting children develop emotionally
and socially. When children interact with other children not only are they learning
the reciprocal (give and take) nature of social behavior in general, but also
figuring out how to follow social 'rules' and how to weigh alternatives and make
decisions. In addition, children also experience a variety of feelings such as
fear, anger, aggression and rejection and more importantly how to deal with these
feelings in the context of a friendship. Children also learn how to win, how to
lose, how to lead and how to follow and what is appropriate and what is not.