The Psychology of Friendship

ISBN : 9780190222024

Mahzad Hojjat; Anne Moyer
344 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2016
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In the late 20th and 21st centuries, the meteoric rise of countless social media platforms and mobile applications have illuminated the profound need friendship and connection have in all of our lives; and yet, very few scholarly volumes have focused on this unique and important bond during this new era of relating to one another. Exploring such topics as friendship and social media, friendship with current and past romantic partners, co-workers, mentors, and even pets, editors Mahzad Hojjat and Anne Moyer lead an expert group of global contributors as they each explore how friendship factors within our lives today. What does it mean to be a friend? What roles do friendships play in our own development? How do we befriend those across the race, ethnicity, gender, and orientation spectrums? What happens when a friendship turns sour? What is the effect of friendship - good and bad - on our mental health? Providing a much needed update to the field of interpersonal relations, The Psychology of Friendship serves as a field guide for readers as they shed traditional definitions of friendship in favor of contemporary contexts and connections.


Foreword: William Rawlins
Introduction: Mahzad Hojjat and Anne Moyer

Part I: Friendship across the Life Span
Chapter 1: Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence
Cynthia A. Erdley and Helen Day
Chapter 2: Friendships in Young and Middle Adulthood: Normative Patterns and Personality Differences
Cornelia Wrzus, Julia Zimmermann, Marcus Mund, and Franz J. Neyer
Chapter 3: Interactive Motifs and Processes in Old Age Friendship
Rebecca G. Adams, Julia Hahmann, and Rosemary Blieszner

Part II: Who Are Our Friends?
Chapter 4: The Hackneyed Notions of Adult Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Friendships
William Monsour III
Chapter 5: Friendship Across Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation
Suzanna M. Rose and Michelle M. Hospital
Chapter 6: Friendship and Social Media
Andrew M. Ledbetter
Chapter 7: Friendship and Romance: A Need-Fulfillment Perspective
Laura E. VanderDrift, Chris R. Agnew, and Ezgi Besikci
Chapter 8: Friendship Among Co-workers
Rachel L. Morrison and Helena D. Cooper-Thomas
Chapter 9: Mentors as Friends
Laura Gail Lunsford
Chapter 10: Animals as Friends: Social Psychological Implications of Human-pet Relationships
Allen R. McConnell, E. Paige Lloyd, and Tonya M. Buchanan

Part III: Friendship and Conflict
Chapter 11: The Aftermath: Friendship after Romantic Relationship Termination
Eddie M. Clark, Priscilla Fernandez, Abigail L. Harris, Michelle Hasan, and Katheryn B. Votaw
Chapter 12: Transgression, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Friendship
Mahzad Hojjat, Susan D. Boon, Elizabeth Barlow Lozano
Chapter 13: Competition in Friendship
David R. Hibbard and Gail E. Walton

Part IV: Benefits and Maintenance of Friendships
Chapter 14: Friendship and Health
Julianne Holt-Lunstad
Chapter 15: Friendship and Mental Health Functioning
Alan R. King, Tiffany Russell, and Amy Veith
Chapter 16: Maintaining Long-lasting Friendships
Debra L. Oswald
Chapter 17: Conclusion: Friendship: An Echo, a Hurrah and Other Reflections
Daniel Perlman

About the author: 

Mahzad Hojjat is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Hojjat has taught, researched, and written about close relationships for the last 20 years. Her research focuses on a variety of topics including resilience, satisfaction, betrayal, and forgiveness in friendships and romantic relationships.; Anne Moyer has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University since 2001. Her research interests include psychosocial issues surrounding cancer and cancer risk, medical decision making, research synthesis and meta-analysis and the psychology of research participation. She and co-editor, Mahzad Hojjat, became friends and collaborators while in graduate school together.

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