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Helen M. Reid & Gary Alan Fine

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Chapter 7: Self-Disclosure in Men's Friendships: Variations Associated with Intimate Relations

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Self-Disclosure in Men's Friendships: Variations Associated with Intimate Relations
Self-disclosure in men's friendships: Variations associated with intimate relations
HelenM.Reid
GaryAlanFine

What does a man want—to talk about? How much will he reveal of himself? Does it make a difference if he is talking to a woman or a man? To a spouse, an intimate other, or a platonic friend? Does it matter if he is married, single with an intimate other, or single and unattached?

We explore these issues by studying platonic cross-gender friendships. Surprisingly, perhaps, there is little research on this topic, and this project, small and provisional though it is, sheds light on an important area of male friendships. In order to understand the dynamics of platonic friendships, we interviewed 32 white middle-class adults between the ages ...

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