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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 ...

Gender Issues in Friendship
Gender issues in friendship

It seems that some winters ago, Mark and Bob were sitting around a gas station with not much to do…. If Mark and Bob had been women, they probably would have passed the time in some nonproductive manner, such as nurturing their friendship, exploring their innermost feelings or helping each other gain significant insights into the important relationships in their lives. But, fortunately for humanity, Mark and Bob are not women. Mark and Bob are guys and what they did is invent snowplow hockey.

—Dave Barry (1995, p. C4)1

Until this point, the processes of friendship initiation and achieving closeness have been described as though they were relatively uniform phenomena. Gender differences have been noted in places, but they have ...

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