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Friendship and Intimacy
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Attributes of Friendship Cover three broad themes Affective Communal Sociable Fehr (1996) Prototype of Friendship “a voluntary, personal relationship, typically providing intimacy and assistance, in which the two parties like one another and seek each other’s company.”
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Differences between friendship and love Friendship often… Fewer obligations Often less emotionally intense Less exclusive Do not typically involve sexual intimacy
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Characteristics of Friendship Respect Trust Interdependence Increases willingness to invest Promotes protecting and maintaining Responsiveness Capitalization
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Social Support Types of Social Support Emotional Support Influences health Women provide more than men Advice support Material support Invisible support Support may be negative if it threatens self- esteem, is intrusive, or is unwelcome. Related to personal characteristics
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Rules of Friendship Rules Shared cultural beliefs about what behaviors friends should (should not) perform. Failure to honor the “rules” can cause the deterioration of the friendship Standards of behavior exist that can make or break friendships
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Friendship across the life cycle Infancy Capable of simple complementary and reciprocal interactions
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2010 for the course FSHD 237 taught by Professor Payne during the Spring '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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