The Quality of Friendships during Adolescence: Patterns across Context, Culture, and Age

Niobe Way, Lisa R. Silverman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter describes key findings about the experience of friendships during adolescence and the influence of micro and macrocontexts on the quality of friendships. It demonstrates support for Sullivan's theory regarding the need for intimate peer relations but suggests that such a need is not limited to the preadolescent phase but extends throughout adolescence. The results also underscore the critical role of macrocontexts in adolescents' experiences of their friendships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdolescence and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationFamily Processes and Development
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932443
ISBN (Print)9780199736546
StatePublished - May 24 2012


  • Adolescents
  • Friendships
  • Macrocontexts
  • Peer relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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