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Adult Friendship Intervention
Adult friendship intervention

People attempt to change and manipulate social lives—both their own and other people's—every day. People join clubs and organizations to make new acquaintances. Therapists help their clients develop interpersonal skills. Architects create environments to enhance social interaction. Consultants advise companies on how to create amiable work milieus. Planners design communities to facilitate contact among residents. Policymakers pass laws that encourage people to rely on their friends and relatives for help rather than on formal agencies.

Although the people who initiate and implement these efforts might not think of them as interventions, they in fact are. The word intervention is not totally satisfactory, because it implies some noble, selfless, or at least socially acceptable goal. Sometimes, however, social interventions are designed for ...

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