- Subject index
This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.
Chapter 5: Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood
Transformations in Friend Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood
Intimate exchanges of self-disclosure and support represent the central features of friendship during adolescence and young adulthood (Berndt, 1982; Buhrmester & Furman, 1987; Fehr, 2004). Through intimate conversations, best friends share their secrets, problems, and feelings, as well as provide each other with validation and emotional support. Indeed, there is considerable research demonstrating that close [Page 92]friends are among the most common partners adolescents and young adults turn to when distressed (Fraley & Davis, 1997; Trinke & Bartholomew, 1997) and that receiving social support from friends has important implications for multiple domains of individual and social adjustment (Friedlander, Reid, Shupak, & Cribbie, 2007). Given the significance ...