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Chong Man Chow, Holly Roelse, Duane Buhrmester & Marion K. Underwood

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 5: Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood

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Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood
Transformations in friend relationships across the transition into adulthood
Chong ManChowHollyRoelseDuaneBuhrmesterMarion K.Underwood

Intimate exchanges of self-disclosure and support represent the central features of friendship during adolescence and young adulthood (Berndt, 1982; Buhrmester & Furman, 1987; Fehr, 2004). Through intimate conversations, best friends share their secrets, problems, and feelings, as well as provide each other with validation and emotional support. Indeed, there is considerable research demonstrating that close friends are among the most common partners adolescents and young adults turn to when distressed (Fraley & Davis, 1997; Trinke & Bartholomew, 1997) and that receiving social support from friends has important implications for multiple domains of individual and social adjustment (Friedlander, Reid, Shupak, & Cribbie, 2007). Given the significance ...

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