The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence

Niobe Way and Lisa R. Silverman

in Adolescence and Beyond

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736546
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932443 | DOI:
The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence

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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

Chapter.  10658 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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