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Friends: Results from a Survey in a UK School

Aspects of friendship - a Polish Survey

A Survey from Turkey

 

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Friends: Results from a Survey in a UK school

The survey was conducted at Carmel College, one of the schools involved in the project, by students that took part.

Do your parents influence your choice of friends?

Year 7 pie chart 1
Year 8 pie chart 2
Year 9 pie chart 3
Year 10 pie chart 4
Year 11 pie chart 5

These results show that as expected in year 7 parents have more of an influence on people's selection of friends. However, as you get older, your parents have less and less of an influence on friend choice.

 

What is more important to you, your classmates or your friends at a club/team, or are both equal?

Year 7 pie chart 1
Year 8 pie chart 2
Year 9 pie chart 3
Year 10 pie chart 4
Year 11 pie chart 5

Generally there are not many surprises or obvious trends as we would have expected. In every year group apart from year 10, over half the year think that class mates and friends from clubs/teams are equally important to them, but this is still quite a low number, suggesting people may have only one set of friends rather than two. In year 8 and year 10, only a tiny percentage finds friends from a club/team more important. We wonder if this is linked to not many people doing sport.

 

Do your friends influence whether you go to a club either in or out of school?

Year 7 pie chart 1
Year 8 pie chart 2
Year 9 pie chart 3
Year 10 pie chart 4

You can see form the graph below that as we get older up to Year 11, our friends have less of an influence on whether we go to clubs or not. This is good as we are being independent and doing what we want to do for ourselves and not wasting our talents!

 

Can a brother or a sister be a best friend?

Year 8 pie chart 2
Year 9 pie chart 3
Year 10 pie chart 4
Year 11 pie chart 5

We have noticed that as you get older it seems you start to realise that your brothers and sisters are good friends and can even possibly be your best friend.  You are more mature and you can talk to them because they understand more so age has definitely an effect on this question.

 

Is it important for you to belong to a clique/group/gang?

Year 8 pie chart 2
Year 9 pie chart 3
Year 10 pie chart 4
Year 11 pie chart 5

In these graphs it shows that as you get older you are less likely to be involved in a group/gang/clique.

 

Aspects of Friendship - a Polish Survey

Who is a friend for you?

bar chart 1

Other answers:

For me a friend is a small number of people, but when he/she smiles for me it is nice! :)
A friend is person who likes you, and who you like. You know  what they like and you and them do the same things. You like to spend time with them.
Somebody who trusts you the most, with whom you have fun. You treasure every moment spent with him/her and you can go with him/her to the end of world.

Have you got a friend of the opposite sex?

bar chart 2

Do you trust your friends?

bar chart 3

Do you tell your friends everything?

bar chart 4

How do you spend time with friends?

bar chart 5

Other answers:

Eating ice cream (2x), staying at home (2x), going toa concert, travelling, bowling, watching movies, going to church

 

A Survey from Turkey

Which quality do you seek in your friend among your classmates most?

Smart: 15 %
Funny: 20 %
Honest: 50 %
Brave: 15 %

K., A., E, S., boys

When your best friend among your school mates lies to you, can you forgive him or her easily?

Yes 40 %
No 60 %

S., Ö., Z., girls