She is currently working on a study with immigrants to examine social support, health, and well-being. Female adolescent friendship and delinquent behavior. The world of coordinated play: Same- and cross-sex friendship in young children.
Cross-sex friends sometimes face the audience challenge within their social groupswhich occurs when other people assume that they are in a romantic or sexual relationship and the cross-sex friends have to present themselves as just friends in response.
They can be a cause of complications because of the potential for romance or sexual interactions. Understanding gender differences in co-rumination and confidant choice in young adults. Friends and Enemies in Organizations : — Download as PDF Printable version.
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In a "desires romance" cross-sex friendship, one individual wants the friendship to become a romantic relationship but does not believe the other individual wants a romantic relationship. Thus, effort should be put into creating workplace environments where cross-sex friendships can be formed with less question or fear.
Actually, it was the reverse—the authors discussed early maturation puberty and antisocial behavior in teenage girls as the variables that predict having a large percentage of male friends. Sexual attraction in cross-sex friendships is often dealt with in one of three ways: management of this attraction through communication or an internal decision not to pursue the attraction in order to preserve the friendship, a sexual relationship forms then dissipates, or sex becomes a part of the friendship.
Historically, women are more vulnerable due to their smaller stature and lesser strength compared with men. On the one hand, they can be very beneficial because women tend to be more empathetic and affectionate with each other and value intimacy more than men do.
In addition, social learning theory predicts that if cross-sex friendships are a result of the desire for sexual access and protection, this is because they are imitating other cross-sex friendships.
In addition, because relationships with boys tend to focus on engaging in activities, and relationships with girls tend to incorporate more aspects of emotional support and intimacy McDougall and Hymel , it is possible that having female best friends is protective for boys in that they gain emotional support and may be less likely to engage in externalizing behaviors.
Among the girls, antisocial behavior was related to having other-sex best friends, whereas sex of best friends was not related to antisocial behavior for boys. If other-sex relationships negatively affect social competence, they may be related to social difficulties in early adolescence, as well.
Do you think it is the quality or quantity of your relationships that really matters most? Psychological Science, 14 , — Predictive Analyses Finally, we examined whether sex of best friends was related to antisocial behavior longitudinally.