Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 213–224 | Cite as

The development of friendship in childhood: A clinical conversation

  • Lynn Borenstein


Our friendships are a way to think about meaning in life. Friendships are like protein, a psychological essential for growth and development. When we see two three-year-olds playing together at the park running, holding hands, laughing, we cannot help but be filled with a sense of joy and warmth We can view making friendships as a developmental process in itself. In this discussion, I will explore the use of toys as a means of making friends. I will also explore the psychological meaning of toys and how they are a developmental precursor to friendship. Two clinical examples will be given in which friendship was the predominant theme in the therapy.


Social Psychology Developmental Process Psychological Meaning Predominant Theme Developmental Precursor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Borenstein
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  1. 1.Northfield

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