Kids who lose pals when moving school may fail to flourish

November 14th, 2007 - 8:14 am ICT by admin  
The four-year study, led by Dr Susie Weller, which was conducted on 600 pupils stated that while changing schools, parents should consider the friendships their children stand to keep or lose.

The analysis of the study found that a quarter of children were unhappy not to be moving on with all their friends.

Around 10 per cent were asked to make the transition without any friends at all, and these children were less likely to be excited or optimistic about starting secondary school.

The researchers said fears about being bullied made it vital for children to have a solid group of friends who acted as ‘back up’.

“Those without solid friendships were inherently more vulnerable,” the Daily Mail quoted the report, as stating.

Weller said that having a group gives a child lot of confidence in facing new surroundings.

“These relationships were short-term bonds which often gave children confidence in new and unsettling surroundings, since being seen on your own makes you stand out either as different or unpopular,” Weller said.

“Being seen as part of a group during the first few days projects a more confident and popular persona to your new peers,” she added.

The study also found that pupils benefited from moving to the same school as their older siblings as they helped their younger brothers and sisters become familiar with their new surroundings and tackle their schoolwork. (ANI)

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