What Relationships Mean in Our Lives
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
In these graphs it shows that as you get older you are less likely to be involved in a group/gang/clique.
Who is a friend for you?
For me a friend is a small number of people, but when he/she smiles for me it is nice! :)
Have you got a friend of the opposite sex?
Do you trust your friends?
Do you tell your friends everything?
How do you spend time with friends?
Eating ice cream (2x), staying at home (2x), going toa concert, travelling, bowling, watching movies, going to church
Which quality do you seek in your friend among your classmates most?
Smart: 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 %
S., Ö., Z., girls