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“In this marvelous book, Beverly Fehr presents a comprehensive and richly detailed examination of what scholars have learned about the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of friendships…. Overall, a model of careful scholarship, clear writing, and good sense. For anyone studying friendships, there is no better place to start. This is perhaps the best book of its kind.” --Choice Friends are an integral part of our lives--they sometimes replace family relationships and often form the basis for romantic relationships. Friendship Processes, new in the Sage Series on Close Relationships, examines exactly how friends give meaning to our lives and why we rely so heavily on them. Broad in its coverage, the book is process oriented and research based with each phase of the friendship process documented ...

The Meaning of Friendship
The meaning of friendship

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1868)

Friendships are clearly a core aspect of our lives. Yet the scientific study of this important relationship is relatively recent. In this book, research on friendship is presented, integrated, and discussed in order to paint a portrait of what is currently known about this fascinating relationship. The focus will be on friendship processes—the “how” of friendship. I will draw on extant research to answer questions such as: How do friendships form? How do they become close? How are they maintained? and finally, How do friendships end? Most of the research on these issues has been conducted with college students. However, research on children's and adolescents' friendships ...

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