Many teenagers I work with feel hurt or sad about being excluded from friendship groups. Usually one or more of their “friends” has done or said something to leave them feeling left out or not accepted. This could be someone avoiding eye contact, ignoring them in conversation, not asking them to an event/gathering or not responding to invitations/communication. This kind of exclusion can be mild (e.g. over the short term by one person only) or severe (long term and done by many).
There are some tricky issues about exclusion. First, many teens find it hard to admit it that it has happened.Read More