London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The importance of friendships for social identity development: research theory, and practice: a workshop

Author(s) Fortlouis Wood, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper is based on a workshop session, and examines friendships as critical components of social networks, fundamental to support systems and providing avenues for learning the nuances of social communication and exchange. Although friendships may vary in commitment level, time spent together, intensity, and intimacy, information exchange is a key component of the interactions of friends. Specifically, through extended conversations and the repetition of shared activities, friends may enact varied social roles and receive a level of feedback that may be specific and important for learning collective values that are relevant across a variety of situations. Friendships, even as they vary in closeness, intensity, and type of contact, may provide information about behaviours, attitudes, and related values, roles and identities.

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