“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 by empirical research. The result is a conceptual framework that illuminates the fascinating components of how we make friends, how we become close, how we maintain friends, and how friendships deteriorate and dissolve. Author Beverley Fehr equips the reader with valuable knowledge about the formations and continuations of the intriguing personal relationship called friendship. Friendship Processes also illustrates well the fact that, as a field of study, close relationships is maturing rapidly. Promising to be the definitive study of the subject for many years to come, this book will be of particular interest to professionals, academics, and students of social psychology, sociology, communication, family studies, and social work as well as any interested reader who is anxious to deepen his or her understanding and appreciation of a very engaging topic.
After it has started one is still faced with having to make the friendship work.
In the words of Duck (1994), “‘Relationship maintenance’ refers generally to the vast unstudied void in relational research—that huge area where relationships continue to exist between the point of their initial development (which has been intensively studied) and their possible decline (which has also been studied but somewhat less intensively)” (p. 45). The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the studies that have begun to fill this vast void in order to glean what knowledge there is about the process of making friendships “work.” As Eidelson (1980) has shown, early on in a relationship, satisfaction is high and the future looks bright. However, inevitably ...