Coping with Cliques
However, a child who is ostracized or rejected—neglected in every category—may need adult intervention and support. The children chronically at the bottom 20 percent of the social hierarchy are at risk for mental health problems. They may never be able to make a friend, year after year, and need you to step in. You should talk to your child's teacher, and you may need to get your child into a social skills group or even psychotherapy if you suspect he or she is depressed.