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18 January 2011

Primary school friends influence grades

Among primary school learners, friendships can make the difference between good and poor grades, researchers have found.

Learners whose friends are socially active in positive ways get better grades, while those with friends who behave badly get lower grades, according to the results of a new study.

In addition, having "pro-social" friends and also staying away from deviant peers was associated with even higher grades than simply being friends with high-achieving students, the study authors noted.

The researchers suggested that parents and teachers "should pay special attention" to changes in students' friendships at this age.

 
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