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3 pages in length. Social groups play an integral role in establishing a positive self-image as well as learning how to interact with others. However, there are some types of groups that can actually be more detrimental to students' social skills when they isolate and incorrectly define their members in others' eyes. Cliques - groups of a select few who share a common characteristic - can work in either direction, with some like academic clubs helping to bring out an otherwise socially inexperienced student, while others like a collection of the most popular girls serves to classify them as elitists who consider others below them. The way cliques are fashioned makes the difference between whether they prove beneficial or harmful to students' social skills. Bibliography lists 5 sources.