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Relationships with friends: Effects on a young person’s self-confidence.

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

A relationship is a connection that a person has with another person. Most people have many different relationships like with friends, family, acquaintances, teachers, employers.


Having a positive relationship with friends can have significant effects on a young person's self-confidence, for the following reasons:

  • Having a relationship with friends gives the young person a sense of belonging with people who share the same interests.

  • Having a relationship with friends helps a person's self-confidence as they feel they are in a group of friends who accepts them and tolerates them for who they are and do not laugh at them, or try to change them.

  • Having a relationship with friends helps a young person’s self-confidence as they feel they have a support mechanism that can help them with family problems, school issues, girlfriend/boyfriend issues.

  • Having a relationship with friends builds trust that they know they can turn to their friends anytime and their friends will be there for them.

  • Having a relationship with friends develops commitment with people who will help them through good times and bad times.

  • Depending on the activities their friends are involved in, the young person may become more active in the church, fund-raising for good causes and develop a sense of self-worth and self-confidence. Mutual respect would also grow between the friends.


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