Researchers asked a group of 267 pre-teen boys and girls about how they would feel in 16 hypothetical situations, which included friends telling their secrets to other children, friends not completing their part of a group assignment and friends not reacting compassionately to personal tragedies, such as the death of a pet.
Both sexes were just as likely to want to verbally attack the friend, threaten to end the friendship, or seek revenge against the friend.
But when it came to emotions, girls were far more affected by a disappointing friend than boys, reporting they would feel more anger and sadness.
Girls were also more likely to view the friend's transgression as a sign the pal didn't care about them.
Very interesting article indeed. I remember the pre-teen years. Girls can be bitchy. In regards to girls feeling let down by their friends who don't seem to care....I feel like that now! It's definitely not just a pre-teen thing.
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