Theobald, Maryanne Agnes, Danby, Susan J., Thompson, Catherine, & Thorpe, Karen (2017) Friendships. In Garvis, Susanne & Pendergast, Donna (Eds.) Health & Wellbeing in Childhood [2nd Ed.]. Cambridge University Press, London. (In Press)

[img] Accepted Version (PDF 99kB)
Administrators only


This chapter investigates friendships and children’s wellbeing in the early years of schooling. Having a friend, and being a friend, is closely connected to children’s health and wellbeing in the early years. Friendship safeguards children from social isolation and is associated with academic attainment and social success. In early childhood, children often make friends through play and other shared activities.

Through young children’s direct accounts and visual representations about friendships, we explore characteristics of friendship and the strategies that children use to make friends and manage disputes as they negotiate their social and emotional relationships through play and shared spaces. Three aspects of friendships are evident in the children’s accounts: friendship is enduring, friendship is a mutual relationship, and friendship involves an emotional investment. This chapter provides educators with an understanding of the important role of friendships in young children’s everyday lives, and happiness and wellbeing in the early years.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 97912
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional URLs:
Keywords: friendship, peer culture, well being, multilingual, dispute, play, preschool, transition
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2016 22:46
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 07:51

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page