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Boy vs. girl friendships: Research finds both create strong relationships

Each sex brings something different to the table, experts find

Girls or boys? Do either have the edge when it comes to friendships?

Researchers have always thought friendships among girls were stronger. But researchers are now questioning whether this is true.

In fact, boys report being just as satisfied with their friendships as girls.

But the scientists did find that each sex was better at certain tasks of friendship.

For instance, girls were superior at expressing care, concern and affection; disclosing details about themselves; helping; and managing conflict.

Boys excelled at generating fun and excitement, being forgiving and not getting jealous.

The bottom line, while boys’ and girls’ friendships might look different, they both have the ability to create lasting bonds.

While it’s more common for children to stick to their own gender when it comes to friendships, many do become friends with members of the opposite sex. Interestingly, boy-girl friendships are more likely to occur outside school.