Female Friendships: Under the Microscope

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1177. Reviews the book, Friendships Between Women: A Critical Review by Pat O'Connor (1992). A perusal of psychology of women textbooks supports O'Connor's contention that the subject of female friendships is a largely unexplored topic. Many books neglect the subject completely, and few offer more than a twoor three-page glimpse of the characteristics and processes that define friendships between women. O'Connor attempts to bring this fascinating topic into the mainstream through an extensive review of theory and research on female friendships. She casts her net widely, integrating work from social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and women's studies. She resists the temptation to focus primarily on gender differences in friendship patterns, instead, she views friendships among women to be worthy of study independent of comparisons with those of men. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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