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Friendships, Sex Differences and Similarities

  • By: Barbara A. Winstead
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Attempting to capture the essential differences between women's and men's same-sex friendships, Paul Wright described them respectively as “face-to-face” and “side-by-side.” Although the observation that women, compared with men, describe their same-sex friendships as more intimate, ...

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