- Friendship Formation 71
- Achieving Closeness 74
- Maintaining Friendships 75
- Deterioration and Dissolution 78
- Restoring Friendships 81
- Conclusions and Applications 82
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 ...