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Barry H. Schneider, Matthew D. Lee & Ibis Alvarez-Valdivia

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 6: Adolescent Friendship Bonds in Cultures of Connectedness

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Adolescent Friendship Bonds in Cultures of Connectedness
Adolescent friendship bonds in cultures of connectedness
Barry H.SchneiderMatthew D.LeeIbisAlvarez-Valdivia
Conceptual Overview

The virtues of friendship have been extolled since ancient times in philosophic writings within the Judeo-Christian belief system that underlies the majority cultures of North America and Western Europe (Cairn, 2009; Entralgo, 1985). From Aristotle and Cicero through St. Augustine to C. S. Lewis, these writings contain reflections about why individuals might choose to enter into the voluntary dyadic relationship of friendship, about what their obligations are to their friends (as opposed to obligations to any fellow human), and about what benefits friends derive from the friendship bond. The development function of adolescent friendship as preparation for intimate relationships during the adult years was articulated most clearly by ...

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