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Dealing with Social Exclusion and The Power of Friendship Groups
The National Coalition Against Bullying (NCAB) with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF)

Deliberate social exclusion is a covert form of bullying and difficult for teachers to detect. Schools are an important space for young people’s social interaction. Among the most intense fears they face are social rejection and isolation.
Many young people rely on one or a few friends and if these relationships break down can find themselves deserted and alone.  The effects can be severe and painful and include lowered feelings of self-worth, which sometimes leads to more severe conditions of anxiety and depression.
One of the most important protective factors for young people is the peer group, the quality and closeness of which is associated with emotional wellbeing, increased levels of resilience and decreased risk of serious psychological and emotional problems.
Schools can assist students to develop supportive peer groups through the explicit teaching of social and emotional skills, of the underpinning skills of friendship and through a range of relationship-based pedagogies.

 

 

 

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