Teens With Similar Levels Of Anxiety And Depression Are More Likely To Remain Friends

When it comes to teen friendships birds of a feather really do flock together. Florida Atlantic University researchers, along with collaborators, looked at nearly 400 adolescents in 499 same-sex friendships, following them from seventh grade through the end of high school (grade 12.) They found the more similar anxiety symptoms and depressive symptoms the subjects shared, the more stable their friendships were. Study co-author Dr. Brett Laursen explains, “Behavior similarity is tremendously important to a friendship. Shared feelings and shared experiences are the glue that holds a friendship together.” She also says, “An important takeaway from our study is that children’s personal struggles need not adversely impact their social relationships. Mental health issues do not necessarily ruin chances of making and maintaining worthwhile friendships.”