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Making friends is tough for teenagers. Making friends with the opposite sex can be even tougher. Our research, published in the Journal of Personalitysuggests empathy may be the key to developing friendships, and may be especially important for young men establishing supportive friendships with young women.

We studied almost 2, year 10 students with an average age of We then asked them to list up to five male and five female peers they considered their closest friends. The were surprising. We found boys received 1.

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In contrast, empathy did not help girls to attract more male friends. Social connection is critical to positive development. Our best guess is that empathy detection helps females to stay safe.

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Unempathetic males are more likely to be aggressive and violent. So females need to be good at detecting males who are supportive and can take perspective and act with kindness: males high in empathy. This friendship support measure again revealed important gender differences. The more friends a boy had, the more they felt supported. Not so for girls. Their sense of being supported was more determined by the quality of their friendships, rather than the quantity. Most importantly, adolescents high in empathy were more likely to have highly supportive friends.

This was the case for boys and girls. Friends are essential for positive adolescent development.

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We need to help young men and women to improve their empathy, by scaling up empathy training in high schools, for instance. This will not only help young people build supportive, long-lasting friendships.

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It could also help reduce violence towards girls and women. The first step to promoting empathy involves teaching young people to value the capacity to comprehend the emotions of another person. Our research dispels this myth. Instead, it shows that supportive, opposite-sex friendships are good for them, even if the friendships are platonic. Plymouth Contemporary — Plymouth, Devon. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom.

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