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YOUNG CHILDREN CAN FORM LONG FRIENDSHIPS EARLY IN LIFE

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Very young children can form long-standing friendships long before most adults think they can, researchers at Ohio State University have discovered.

In a bit of a surprise, a study of children aged 22 months to 32 months determined that certain pairs of children help each other, imitate each other, separate themselves from their larger group and perform other actions that indicate they're friends. The study conducted by Ohio State assistant professor Kimberlee Whaley also found very young friends are loyal to each other, share with each other and consistently play games with each other.