Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


My Capstone Project focuses on the importance of healthy relationships in middle childhood, ages nine to eleven. Middle childhood is a sensitive time period in the lifespan . Fourth and fifth graders in particular (9-11 years of age) are gaining a greater perception of the world around them as they are anticipating adolescence. These factors can have an influence on their peer relationships. In completing service learning at Henry F. Kammann elementary school in Salinas, California, I have learned that most students have dealt with peer conflicts (bullying, discrimination). As stated in an article called Middle Childhood, “Children in this age range are beginning to face issues of anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and more…” (Haring, 2023) It is important that they understand the significance of healthy relationships/how to ensure the success of relationships. To meet a service need, I will conduct a set of three lessons to a group of fourth and fifth graders that teach the importance of healthy friendships/relationships. These lessons will not only offer knowledge and awareness, but a setting where individuals can connect with each other as well. The lessons will focus on three areas. First, I will teach the importance of healthy peer relationships and relationship maintenance. Second, the students will be taught the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as red flags and what to watch out for. Finally, students will be taught techniques on how to be a good friend. The expected location is to be Henry F. Kammann Elementary School.