AUTHOR: NWADUKWE, ANTHONIA NDALAKU
DEPARTMENT: EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Adolescent friendships and conflicts are complex social interactions embracing a wide range of issues, strategies and outcomes. Friendship is a close and trusted relationship characterized by interactions and displays of affection and goodwill. It has the advantage of making a person feel full and whole as against feeling depressed and worthless. Not having friends is often associated with loneliness, emptiness and an overall sense of meaninglessness in life. Adolescents need the goodwill of friends to develop courage, confidence and self esteem so as to avoid being lonely and consequently developing an unfortunate state of having a perpetual grudge against the world. In fact one of the greatest gifts adolescents can possess is the ability to make friends thus making friendship inevitable in their lives.
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Tags: Adolescence, Adolescence Psychosocial Conception, Adolescent Friendship/Conflicts, Adolescent Interaction-Conflict Resolution, Adolescent Peer interactions/Conflicts-Gender Differences, Adolescents Psychological Needs, Behavioral Theory-Individual Variability Theory, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Conflicts Theory, Cultural Context Theory, Educational Foundations-Phd-2012, Friendship Formation Theory-Personality Development Theory, Friendship Groups, Opposite Sex Relationships, Personality Theory, Scientific Management Theory, Self Concept Theory, Social Learning Theory