Loneliness and peer relations in childhood
Although loneliness is a normative experience, there is reason to be concerned about children who are chronically lonely in school Research indicates that children have a fundamental understanding of what it means, to be lonely, and that loneliness can be reliably measured in children. Most of the research on loneliness in children has focused on the contributions of children's peer relations to their feelings of well-being at school. Loneliness in children is influenced by how well accepted they are by peers, whether they are overtly victimized, whether they have friends, and the durability and quality of their best friendships. Findings from this emerging area of research provide a differentiated picture of how children's peer experiences come to influence their emotional well-being.
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