Can we still be friends? Resources and barriers to friendship quality after romantic relationship dissolution


Amy L. Busboom Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona, Family and Consumer Sciences, Room 210, P.O. Box 210033, Tucson, AZ,


Using a social exchange framework, this study examined the influence of resources, satisfaction with resources, and barriers on friendship quality between former dating partners. Three hundred and eighty-six college students were surveyed regarding their current relationship with their most recent former romantic partner. Results indicated that participants who received more resources reported higher levels of friendship quality with their former partner. Satisfaction with resources moderated the relationship between receipt of resources and friendship quality. Lack of family or friends’ support, involvement in a new romantic relationship, and the use of neglect as a disengagement strategy were all found to be barriers to friendship quality.