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11 March 2011

Early male friendship leads to substance abuse in girls

Research shows that girls tend to initiate mixed-gender friendships earlier than boys - they were also more likely to develop substance abuse problems during late adolescence.

In childhood, boys and girls tend to form friendships almost exclusively with same-sex peers. Around early adolescence, they gradually begin to include other-sex friends in their network. A new study published in Journal of Research on Adolescence suggests that girls and boys experience this transition very differently.

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