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Adult Friendship

Adult Friendship

  • Rosemary Blieszner - Virginia Tech, USA, Virgina Tech University, USA
  • Rebecca G. Adams - University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, USA, Roosevelt University, Chicago, USA, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, Indiana University Northwest, USA, Elmhurst College, USA

148 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A topic relevant to everyone - friendship - is explored in this volume, the first in the SAGE Series on Close Relationships. It presents a thoughtful statement about what we know, and have yet to learn, concerning adults' friendships.

The authors discuss state-of-the-art research on the interplay between social structure, individual disposition and dynamic processes of friendship, and findings on both similarities and differences across adult lifecourse stages. They provide a theoretical framework, incorporating both sociological and psychological perspectives. Using this framework, they offer a new and integrative model of friendship to synthesize research, identify gaps in the literature, scrutinize methods used and produce a map for future research.

An Integrative Model of Friendship
History of Friendship and Friendship Research
The Internal Structure of Friendship
Friendship Processes
Phases of Friendship
Adult Friendship Intervention

Rosemary Blieszner

Rebecca G. Adams

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