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ERIC Number: EJ792657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Family Environment as a Predictor of the Quality of College Students' Friendships
Wise, Richard A.; King, Alan R.
Journal of Family Issues, v29 n6 p828-848 2008
Family environment appears to be an important determinant of friendship quality. Despite this apparent link, few studies have explored how family environment relates to friendship, especially among college students. The present study examined the relationship between family environment and best friendships, by administering the Family Environment Scale (FES) and the Acquaintance Description Form-Revised (ADF-F2) to 408 college students. Family environment was a better predictor of friendship quality for female college students than for male college students. For the women, a total of 13% of the FES and ADF-F2 correlations were significant at the p [less than] 0.01 level. The best predictors of friendship quality for the women were the FES active recreational and intellectual-cultural dimensions. Gender differences were also evident in students' perceptions of their families' environments and their views of the quality of their best friendships. Implications of the present study for college adjustment and retention are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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