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Helping Kids to Build Friendships Part Two

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Bob Linder
Middle school students Carissa Simagna (left) and McKinzee Malott work together in the Peer Builder program run by Missouri State University's Dr. Leslie Echols.

Psychologist Dr. Leslie Echols conducts Fast Friends study.

Positive friendships helps children and youth develop their sense of identity and social skills.

What are some effective ways to cultivate friendships, especially in a school setting? How can cross-race friendships be encouraged?

Last week on the Missouri State Journal, psychologist Dr. Leslie Echols talked about a recent collaborative study she worked on about building friendships among middle school students.

Echols, an associate professor of psychology at Missouri State, is back to highlight what the study revealed.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of strategic communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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