ERIC Number: ED336923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Affectionate Bonds: What We Can Learn By Listening to Friends.
Lutfiyya, Zane Marie
This paper examines the nature and extent of friendships between disabled and nondisabled people through a study of several pairs of such friends. Indepth interviews examined such questions as how the individuals met, the history of their relationship, how each individual perceives the friendship, and how this friendship compares to other relationships each person has. First, the four friendship pairs are described and characteristics of both the disabled and nondisabled partners summarized. Next, stages of the friendships are identified including meeting, initiating the friendship, becoming friends, and maintaining the friendships. Also discussed are the nature and number of other involvements, critical events, and the role of the disability. Meanings attributed to the friendships include that of "parent", of co-worker or mentor, and of volunteer. Stressed by informants is the importance of mutuality, of practical assistance and emotional support, of "breaking the rules," and of enjoyment. Also considered are responsibilities assumed by the nondisabled informants and the voluntary, private, and exclusive nature of friendship. The final section summarizes the major findings in the areas of: effects of living in the human service world; enhancing the possibilities for friendship between people with and without disabilities; and avoiding the romanticization of these friendships. Includes 76 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Attitudes, Case Studies, Disabilities, Friendship, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Qualitative Research, Role Perception
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, 200 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 ($4.35).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.