The opposite was found regarding adolescents who did engage in problematic behavior.

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Life events such as changes in marital status (marriage, divorce, widowhood), changes in parenthood (new parent, empty-nester), residential moves and career changes (new jobs, virtual employment, retirement) to name a few of the life events, can impact the quality or quantity of friendships.

It is due to these changes, that many adults find that they have fewer friends than they had in younger years.

And many adults feel that forming new friendships as an adult is difficult for all of these reasons too.

After marriage, both women and men report having fewer friends of the opposite sex (Friendships, 2012).

Establishing good friendships at a young age helps a child to be better acclimated in society later on in their life.

Bigelow and La Gaipa found that expectations for a "best friend" become increasingly complex as a child gets older.High-quality friendships have often been assumed to have positive effects on many aspects of children's social development.Perceived benefits from such friendships include enhanced social success, but they apparently do not include an effect on children's general self-esteem.Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles.A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier.Eileen Kennedy-Moore describes three key ingredients of children's friendship formation: (1) openness, (2) similarity, and (3) shared fun.