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The Psychology of Friendship

Mahzad Hojjat and Anne Moyer


This edited volume provides a comprehensive overview of theory and research on friendship, which represents one of our most fundamental and unique forms of close relationships. The book comprises sixteen chapters that focus on both the beneficial and detrimental aspects of this important bond. The topics covered include the ways in which friendship varies across the life span, how friendship interacts with gender, and friendship in different contexts, such as in the workplace and through social media, and with different partners, such as mentors, romantic partners, and pets. How friendships ar ... More

Keywords: friendship, close, intimate, relationship, gender, development, attachment, mental, physical, health

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190222024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190222024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mahzad Hojjat, editor
Associate Professor of Personality & Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Anne Moyer, editor
Associate Professor of Social and Health Psychology, Stony Brook University

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Part I Friendship Across the Life Span

1 Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence

Cynthia A. Erdley and Helen J. Day

2 Friendships in Young and Middle Adulthood

Cornelia Wrzus, Julia Zimmermann, Marcus Mund, and Franz J. Neyer

3 Interactive Motifs and Processes in Old Age Friendship

Rebecca G. Adams, Julia Hahmann, and Rosemary Blieszner

Part II Who Are Our Friends?

5 Friendships Across Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation

Suzanna M. Rose and Michelle M. Hospital

6 Friendship and Social Media

Andrew M. Ledbetter

7 Friendship and Romance

Laura E. VanderDrift, Christopher R. Agnew, and Ezgi Besikci

8 Friendship Among Coworkers

Rachel L. Morrison and Helena D. Cooper-Thomas

9 Mentors as Friends

Laura Gail Lunsford

10 Animals as Friends

Allen R. McConnell, E. Paige Lloyd, and Tonya M. Buchanan

Part III Friendship and Conflict

11 The Aftermath

Eddie M. Clark, Priscilla Fernandez, Abigail L. Harris, Michelle Hasan, and Katheryn B. Votaw1

12 Transgression, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Friendship

Mahzad Hojjat, Susan D. Boon, and Elizabeth B. Lozano

13 Competition in Friendship

David R. Hibbard and Gail E. Walton

Part IV Benefits and Maintenance of Friendships

14 Friendship and Health

Julianne Holt-Lunstad

15 Friendship and Mental Health Functioning

Alan R. King, Tiffany D. Russell, and Amy C. Veith

17 Conclusion

Daniel Perlman

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