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Close High School Friendships Are More Important Than Popularity, Study Finds

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If you spent your high school years failing to be part of the in crowd, you may actually be better off in the long run. According to a new study, those who form strong, long-term friendships in youth are happier than those who were described by others as being popular during their school years.

The study, which was conducted by a team of University of Virginia researchers, surveyed 169 people across multiple races and socioeconomic statuses. Researchers questioned the group of participants about their friendships and mental health at the age of 15, then checked back in each year until they reached the age of 25.

Those who had friendships that involved psychological attachment and authentic intimacy were much better off emotionally by the age of 25 than those who were most liked. Among the two groups, those who were popular also tended to have higher levels of anxiety by the age of 25.

The team believes these findings confirm the thinking that for teenagers, having close friendships is one of the most important factors contributing to development. Simply being liked by a large number of people can never be as valuable as forming deep, supportive friendships, the team believes.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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