The Importance of Having a Few Good Friends by Anthony Kane MD ADD ADHD Child Behavior Treatment and Medication: "Developing healthy social relationships is critical in the development of a child. Children who learn to relate well to others are more likely to become happy well adjusted adults. Difficulty in making and keeping friends leads to feelings of low self-esteem and these feelings usually continue into adulthood.
In addition, childhood friendships provide a critical buffer against stress and help to protect against psychological and psychiatric problems. Children who lack these positive interactions frequently develop a number of emotional problems. Children with poor social skills do poorly in school. They are at risk for delinquency, academic failure, and school drop out."