By Mary Jekielek Insprucker, click to read full article:Chicago Tribune:
Sororities aren't just for college students
Chicago-area groups help women make friends in a new town...
Research has shown that friendships such as those found in sororities help participants improve self-esteem and coping skills, even kick the smoking habit, experts say.
For their part, sorority sisters say they have found their relationships to nourish spiritual, mental and physical growth. The dynamic diversity in ages, experience and interests help enrich their lives, they say. The organizations offer other outlets as well, including the chance for networking, career development and philanthropy.
"There is a body of research that shows social support to be a major factor in lessening the effects of stress, especially in the current economic situation," said Charles Johnston, co-chairman of Harper College's psychology department. "The support allows one to better meet the demands of the situation."
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