|Editor||Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.|
The development of peer relations is an important aspect of students' social growth and maturation. When these relations develop normally there is no need for intervention from adults. Unfortunately it is not infrequently that the development of peer relations deviates from the norm due to children's personality factors or to mistakes in the child rearing practices of the family or school. Intervention, when needed, requires from educators a good knowledge of the major factors influencing the development of capabilities for interpersonal relations, the ability to identify abnormalities in this development, and knowledge of effective strategies for correcting the situation. This paper describes briefly how peer relations develop and discusses some intervention programs which can be used when abnormalities appear in this development.