Empathetic adolescent boys have more ‘girlfriends’ than other boys

By Léa Surugue

 

“Friends are essential to positive adolescent development. It’s well established that in addition to providing companionship, close friendships promote the development of interpersonal skills, learning, and growth”, concludes lead author Joseph Ciarrochi.

“This research suggests it is critical to identify and teach young people the skills they need to develop supportive friendships. Our study provides a contextual understanding of the role of empathy in selecting and maintaining friendships.”