Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Furman, W. and Shomaker, L. B. 2010. Friendships. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Friendships are important relationships in all cultures and throughout the lifespan. Friendships are characterized by several defining features: (1) they are dyadic relationships, (2) there is a reciprocated, affective bond, (3) they are voluntary relationships, (4) they are typically egalitarian in nature, and (5) almost all friendships entail shared activities and companionship. Friendships often meet other functions as well, such as serving as a source of support and providing opportunities for self-disclosure and intimacy.
- social development