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History of Friendship and Friendship Research
History of friendship and friendship research

From the days of the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers until now, throughout cultures, friends have been recognized as important sources of affection and enjoyment, understanding and support, companionship and counsel. Scholars have long been concerned with defining friendship and elaborating its functions in individual lives as well as in society as a whole. With the advent of empirical methods in psychology, sociology, and other disciplines came a desire to understand the attributes of friends and friendship. Recent conceptual and methodological advances in the field of social and personal relationships suggest new areas of inquiry, moving toward examination of the structure of friendship patterns, friendship interaction processes, and changes from phase to phase in ...

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