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Child Mental Health Forum - Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Niobe Way

Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection

Niobe Way, Ed.D.
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity ( 
New York University


"Boys will be boys" is a commonly used phrase, especially after boys engage in problematic behavior. Implicit in such a phrase is that boys are naturally more aggressive and less socially and emotionally competent than girls. Yet the research over a century, including my own, suggest that what we have labeled natural is in, in fact, cultural. According to my research over the past thirty years, boys are as emotionally and socially astute and skilled as girls and want emotionally intimate same-sex friendships as much as girls. Yet they live in a culture that prevents them from expressing or finding what they want and need most to thrive. My lecture will present my research on friendships among boys from early to late adolescence, with a focus on what boys have taught us about what they want, what gets in the way of what they want, and how to help boys be seen as they see themselves and find what they want most in the world.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand boys better
  2. Understand the problem better
  3. Understand the solution better


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