Successfully navigating the social world of peers can be challenging. Children and teenagers benefit from the social and emotional support that friends offer, but they can also experience occasional social stressors and peer conflicts.
Peer relationships provide a unique context in which children learn a range of critical social emotional skills, such as empathy, cooperation, and problem-solving strategies.
Peer relationships can also contribute negatively to social emotional development through bullying, exclusion, and deviant peer processes.
Universal, school-based, social emotional learning programs provide a strong foundation for promoting healthy social emotional development and creating positive peer cultures.
Children experiencing peer difficulties often need additional, systematic, and intensive social skill coaching.
Peers can be powerful forces that facilitate or alternatively undermine group programs.
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