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The Life Cycle of Friendship
The life cycle of friendship

Friendships weave in and out of people's lives. Although their significance often is overlooked, friendships are an important source of meaning, happiness, enjoyment, and love. This chapter charts the life cycle of friendships, including their formation, closeness, preservation, and maintenance. Friendship deterioration, dissolution, and restoration are also discussed. The focus is on adult friendships, predominantly same-sex friendships. Gender differences are noted in cases where women's and men's friendship experiences diverge. Finally, many ...

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