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Why are friends so important for teenagers?

Friendships form an important part of a teenager's identity and has an impact on their future relationships. Sometimes these friendships matter more than family. Watch our expert Aarti Rajaratnam talk about how you can support your adolescent’s friendships and ensure they develop a healthy support system of peers around them. ‘Knowing teenagers with Aarti C Rajaratnam’ is a fortnightly video column for parents, teachers, and adults who interact with teenagers. Each episode will share insights that will help the audience understand the adolescent mind and behavior. Aarti C Rajaratnam is a clinical psychologist who has been working with children and teenagers for over two decades. If you have any questions pertaining to this column please write to us at columns@whiteswanfoundation.org