Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The current study examined differences in friendships between younger adults and older adults. One hundred and fifty eight participants completed various measures, which examined the importance of specific friendship qualities. Peer nominations were used to examine the number of close friends, with an additional component added to assess proximity of one's closest friends. Results indicated that both demographic variables and proximity of equal importance for both younger adults and older adults. Results also indicated that both cohorts chose friends close to their own ages. The researchers conclude there are few cohort differences in what younger and older adults value in their friends.
BF1 .M63 v. 17 no. 2 2012
Pica, Emily and Verno, Karri
"The changing nature of friendships over the lifespan,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 17
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol17/iss2/6