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An Integrative Model of Friendship
An integrative model of friendship

What does friendship mean to you? If you were to ask that question of a group of people, you would receive almost as many answers as there were people in the group. Oh, of course, you would be able to categorize the responses (see Chapter 4). Sharing, caring, helping, and the permanence of the relationship would be mentioned. You would also be able to discern patterns in your “data”. The men would tend to mention the importance of doing things with their friends, and the women would remark on the value of intimacy. Young children would mention sharing toys, and older adults would refer to shared life experiences. Rather than the loose clustering of responses and ...

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