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Buddy SystemUnderstanding Male Friendships$
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Geoffrey Greif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.001.0001

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Do Women Feel the Same About Friends as Do Men?

Do Women Feel the Same About Friends as Do Men?

(p.127) 6 Do Women Feel the Same About Friends as Do Men?
Buddy System

Geoffrey L. Greif

Oxford University Press

This chapter poses the same question posed to the men to 120 women. Differences do exist between how men and women view friendships though there are also many commonalities. For example, women shop with their friends; men don't. Women do not watch sports with their friends; men do. Women are more apt to say they have enough friends and to put a higher value on friendships than men. They are also more apt to be supportive and encouraging, and put a higher value on frequent contact with their friends. Women believed their mothers had more friends than the men believed their fathers had. Finally, the fear of appearing homosexual was not discussed as an impediment to same-sex friendships as it was for men.

Keywords:   women, friends, men, friendships, commonalities, sports, homosexual, same-sex friendships

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