Intimate friendship relationships between young adults

Authors

  • Diogo Araújo DeSousa Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Elder Cerqueira-Santos Universidade Federal de Sergipe

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-863X2012000300004

Keywords:

friendship, interpersonal relations, young adults, adults

Abstract

The literature is consensual regarding the importance of friendships throughout the lifecycle; most of the time for improvements in the quality of life. The aim of this study was to investigate and describe intimate friendship relationships between young adults. Participants were 98 young adults aged between 18 and 30. Sampling procedures were based on the Respondent Driven Sampling technique. The instrument was composed of three self-report questionnaires and data were analyzed quantitatively. Results showed homogeneity of characteristics among intimate friends, especially concerning gender. Companionship emerged as the most distinctive aspect of friendships. All friendship functions showed positive correlations with each other. There seems to be a filter of similarities in the friendships of young adults. Also, friendships that show good quality in one specific function tend to be good quality friendships as a whole.

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Published

2012-12-01

How to Cite

DeSousa, D. A., & Cerqueira-Santos, E. (2012). Intimate friendship relationships between young adults . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 22(53), 325-333. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-863X2012000300004

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