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Adolescence and BeyondFamily Processes and Development$
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Patricia K. Kerig, Marc S. Schulz, and Stuart T. Hauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.001.0001

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The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence

The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence

Patterns across Context, Culture, and Age1

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(p.91) 4 The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence
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Adolescence and Beyond
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Niobe Way

Lisa R. Silverman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.003.0007

This chapter describes key findings about the experience of friendships during adolescence and the influence of micro and macrocontexts on the quality of friendships. It demonstrates support for Sullivan's theory regarding the need for intimate peer relations but suggests that such a need is not limited to the preadolescent phase but extends throughout adolescence. The results also underscore the critical role of macrocontexts in adolescents' experiences of their friendships.

Keywords:   adolescents, friendships, peer relations, macrocontexts

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