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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 ...

Deterioration and Dissolution
Deterioration and dissolution

One has risked rebuff, got over the initial awkwardness, and found the pleasure in the other's company to be a nice balance for whatever effort or trouble is involved in obtaining it. Still, most friendships prove impermanent.

—Rodin (1982, p. 42)

Sooner or later, virtually every friend will disappoint us in some way. As was discussed in the last chapter, conflicts, tensions, and feelings of anger are a part of friendship. Sometimes conflicts and disagreements are resolved to the mutual satisfaction of each partner. Other times, issues are not dealt with and the relationship begins to decline. Although a decline does not invariably lead to dissolution, the loss of a friendship is not uncommon—whether it “fades away,” as is generally the case, ...

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