New research on elementary school kids suggests that as many as in 1 in 8 relationships a child has may be "unbalanced." In other words, one child feels the other is a friend, while the other child actually dislikes him or her. Prior research has focused on friendship pairs and pairs who dislike one another, and researchers were surprised by the frequency and consistency of such unbalanced relationships, reports ScienceNews. One theory is that disliked children misinterpret the kindness of more socially skilled children as friendship.
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