Friendships Contributes to Better Health in Youth
Children who hang out with friends may grow up to be healthier than those who spend more time alone or with just family members. In a study of 503 boys, parents of kids ages 7 to 16 were asked every year beginning in 1987 how much time per week their sons had spent with friends during the prior year. Of 267 who could be reached in adulthood, those whose parents reported that they spent more time with friends during childhood and adolescence had lower blood pressure and a lower body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height used to estimate body fat) 20 years later. The results didn’t differ by race.
Source: Psychological Science, published online March 27, 2018