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.

Adolescent Friendship Bonds in Cultures of Connectedness

Adolescent Friendship Bonds in Cultures of Connectedness

Adolescent friendship bonds in cultures of connectedness
Barry H.SchneiderMatthew D.LeeIbisAlvarez-Valdivia

Conceptual Overview

The virtues of friendship have been extolled since ancient times in philosophic writings within the Judeo-Christian belief system that underlies the majority cultures of North America and Western Europe (Cairn, 2009; Entralgo, 1985). From Aristotle and Cicero through St. Augustine to C. S. Lewis, these writings contain reflections about why individuals might choose to enter into the voluntary dyadic relationship of friendship, about what their obligations are to their friends (as opposed to obligations to any fellow human), and about what benefits friends derive from the friendship bond. The development function of adolescent friendship as preparation for intimate relationships during the adult years was articulated most clearly by ...

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