Friends Help Kids Do Better in School: Study
Classroom buddies encourage each other.
Teenagers who have a good social network in school do better academically than those who don’t, according to a new study.
The study, reported in the Huffington Post, surveyed 600 Los Angeles-area high school students.
Says Melissa Witkow, who helped conduct the survey as a graduate student with UCLA psychiatry professor Andrew Fuligni, “We found that within an adolescent’s friendship group, those with a higher proportion of friends who attended the same school received higher grades. This is partially because in-school friends are more likely to be achievement-oriented and share and support school-related activities, including studying, because they are all in the same environment.”
Witkow, now an assistant professor of psychology at Williamette University, said friendships outside school could be equally valuable if students met their friends, in, for example, an enrichment class.
The results of the survey were consistent in all races and genders, the authors said.
The researchers’ next goal: to compare in-school and outside-school friendships, and to expand their research to younger students. (Huffington Post).
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.