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ERIC Number: EJ855225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Perceived Similarity among Adolescent Friends: The Role of Reciprocity, Friendship Quality, and Gender
Linden-Andersen, Stine; Markiewicz, Dorothy; Doyle, Anna-Beth
Journal of Early Adolescence, v29 n5 p617-637 2009
Perceived similarity of personality in same-sex friends was examined in a sample of 124 adolescents (63 girls). Adolescents rated themselves and a nominated friend (n = 42 reciprocated, 82 non-reciprocated dyads) on developmentally relevant personality items assessing autonomy, prosociality, and responsive caregiving. Results from hierarchical linear modeling and multiple regression analyses generally supported predictions: Greater perceived similarity was marginally positively associated with more favorable ratings of friendship quality and significantly negatively associated with conflict ratings in the friendship. Adolescents in reciprocated friendships rated themselves as more similar in personality and more positive in friendship quality than did non-reciprocated dyads. A mediational analysis revealed that the association between reciprocity and perceived similarity was mediated by positive friendship quality. These findings suggest that reciprocated friends' perceptions of being more similar in personality may in part be accounted for by their more favorable judgments of their friendship quality. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Marlowe Crowne Social Desirability Scale