An Integrative Model of Friendship

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1281. Reviews the book, Adult Friendship by Rosemary Blieszner and Rebecca G. Adams (1992). The authors present the research related to the components of friendship according to life stage (i.e, college student friendships, adult friendships, and old age friendships). One of the unique features of this book is the presentation of possible intervention strategies designed to change or enhance relationships with friends. In this thought-provoking chapter, the authors challenge friendship researchers to consider the potential application of their work and encourage practitioners to at least recognize the importance of friendships as they design social interventions. On the whole, the book is very well written. The authors effectively use their integrative model to synthesize a body of research scattered across many disciplines. One limitation of the volume is its size. Overall, this book represents an excellent contribution to the general area of interpersonal relationships and the specific study of friendship throughout the adult years. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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