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The Matter of the First Friendship. A 10-year follow-up

About the Project

The main objective in this study is to examine the development and matter of the first friendship in childhood and implications for later functioning as adolescents. Second we aim examine early predictors of later mental and physical health of young people (i.e. the relationship between children's behavior, quality in family and daycare).


(I) Is there continuity in the quality and quantity of social relationships (friendships, best friendship, social status, peer relations, adult-child relationships, rejection, isolation, and rejection) from childhood to youth?

ii) Can early social relationships protect children at risk to develop symptoms of psychopathology such as depression, anxiety, social isolation and behavioral problems?

iii) Can specific forms of social relations such as best friends, friendships and peers mediate good psychosocial adaptation?

iv) Is there associations between the quality indicators of early care services and psychosocial adjustment and school skills in adolescence?


The project is financed by the Department of Psychology, 2016 - 2026.


The project is part of an international collaboration with researchers from Quebec University (Canada), Queensland University (Australia) and King's College (UK).

Published Oct. 26, 2010 11:43 AM - Last modified Jan. 16, 2019 1:36 PM