Girls who tend to have male friends at an early stage in life are more
likely to develop substance abuse later in adolescence. However this did not
hold true in the case of boys. This research has been conducted by the
University du Quebec Montreal.
Scientists studied about 400 adolescents aged 12-18 years. Researchers found
that while boys received greater emotional support from their other sex friends,
girls felt supported from their same-sex friends. Since boys get emotional
support from female friends they are less likely of getting engaged in
antisocial behavior. Among girls antisocial behavior and pubertal maturity
increased in proportion of their male friends. The authors of the study are encouraging
the parents to closely monitor their daughter's friendships during adolescence,
particularly with older boys.
The study has been published in the current Journal of Research on