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ERIC Number: EJ898522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
College Women's Female Friendships: A Longitudinal View
Aleman, Ana M. Martinez
Journal of Higher Education, v81 n5 p553-582 Sep-Oct 2010
This article presents a longitudinal qualitative study of the cognitive value of female friendships formed in college and seeks to appraise the meaning of the phenomenon for the participants. To grasp the temporal effects of the longitudinal data in this study, the author examines and assesses the relevant developmental literature, particularly its feminist critiques. This qualitative longitudinal study was designed with three principal purposes in mind: (a) to determine consistency with the original study and its findings ("constancy"); (b) to solicit perceptions of change to the friendship relationship since college ("change"); and (c) to solicit comparisons between college female friendships and post-college female friendships ("transition"). The author explores each of the temporal codes (constancy, change, and transition) and the themes that emerged within each, themes that often intertwine across codes. The women who participated in this longitudinal examination of college female friendship articulated perceptions of the cognitive value of these relationships in ways that are consistent with feminist developmental theories and research, as well as other constructivist suppositions about life-span development. In evaluating the longitudinal data, it was apparent that across all three longitudinal constructs--constancy, change, and transition--these women understood their college female friendships as developmentally necessary and potent relationships whose effects carry over into their post-collegiate lives in countless ways. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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