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This article is about social groups. For the concept in graph theory, see Clique (graph theory). For other uses, see Clique (disambiguation).

In the social sciences, a clique (CanE, UK /ˈklk/ or US /ˈklɪk/) is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting.[1] Interacting with cliques is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity. Although cliques are most commonly studied during adolescence and middle childhood, they exist in all age groups.

See also[edit]

Main article: Adolescent cliques


  1. ^ Salkind, Neil (2008-01-01). "Cliques". Encyclopedia of educational psychology. Sage Publications.