Intercommunity relocation and adolescent friendships: Who struggles and why?

Eric M. Vernberg, Andrea F. Greenhoot, Bridget K. Biggs

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Abstract

This study examined how relocation to a new community affects intimacy and companionship in close friendships by comparing experiences of early adolescents who began their 7th or 8th grade school year in a new community (111 boys, 96 girls) with those of residentially stable agemates (30 boys, 38 girls). Drawing from a developmental- contextual, multisystem conceptual framework and using a person-centered analytic approach, the study provides strong evidence that most adolescents experience a relatively brief period of diminished access to companionship and intimacy with close friends following relocation. The extent of diminution may be greater for adolescents with social anxiety or behavioral concerns. Findings have implications for families who are facing a move and for clinicians working with recently relocated adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-523
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Friendships
  • Relocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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