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Study Finds That Having Childhood Friendships May Positively Impact Your Health as an Adult


April 2, 2018

Popsugar - We've discussed before how having positive friendships can be beneficial to our well-being — and turns out this holds even more truth when it comes to childhood pals. A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that boys who were socially integrated in childhood showed to have lower blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) two decades later.

The multidecade study — led by Jenny M. Cundiff, a psychological scientist at Texas Tech University, and Karen A. Matthews, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania — used a longitudinal sample of 267 black (56 percent) and white (41 percent) men. The data was originally found in the Pittsburgh Youth Study, according to the Association for Psychological Science, and included information such as their socioeconomic status in childhood, their physical health in childhood and adulthood, and other factors. The participants' parents also reported how much time their son spent with friends in an average week from the age of six to 16.

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