A recent study has shown that kids who take part in extra-curricular activities and have friends may find it easy to move from primary to secondary school.
"The transition from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time for young people. Studies have shown an increase in mental health problems and a decline in well-being in the early secondary school years," said Helen Drew from the University of Sussex.
The research suggested that kids with higher level social activities formal or informal have greater well-being and are able to adjust to changes more easily because taking part in extra-curricular activities boosted their self-esteem and filled them with more confidence.
"Our findings show how everyday peer interactions and the quality of peer relationships at this time, particularly positive qualities in best friendships, are strong predictors of psychological adjustment, over and above the sense of support from adults in young adolescents," Drew added.
These studies were presented at the British Psychological Society's (in Brighton) annual conference.
The team, which carried the research, surveyed 484 children aged 10-13 studying in grades- 6th, 7th and 8th. Under the research program children were asked to complete the survey which measured their social activities, the support they receive from friends and adults, psychological factors such as self-esteem and self-efficacy.