Cross-sex friendship and happiness

Amanda D. Procsal, Meliksah Demir, Aysun Doğan, Ayça Özen, Nebi Sümer

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Abstract

Established research has shown that friendship is an important correlate of happiness. Yet, these studies did not directly examine the relationship between cross-sex friendship and happiness. Thus, the studies reported in this chapter aimed to investigate the association of cross-sex friendship with happiness. The first study revealed that cross-sex friendship quality and happiness are positively correlated, regardless of how happiness was assessed (e.g., affective, global). The second study showed that cross-sex friendship-happiness association is similar among emerging adults in Turkey and the U.S. The third study provided additional support for a positive relationship between cross-sex friendship quality and happiness, as it revealed that cross-sex friendship quality predicted unique variance in happiness above and beyond the role of personality for both U.S. and Turkish samples. Collectively, the studies have shown that cross-sex friendship quality is a reliable correlate of happiness. Findings were evaluated in light of theory and directions for future research were provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFriendship and Happiness: Across The Life-Span and Cultures
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages171-185
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789401796033, 9789401796026
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Cross-cultural
  • Cross-Sex Friendship
  • Emerging adults
  • Happiness
  • Personality
  • Turkey
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Procsal, A. D., Demir, M., Doğan, A., Özen, A., & Sümer, N. (2015). Cross-sex friendship and happiness. In Friendship and Happiness: Across The Life-Span and Cultures (pp. 171-185). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9603-3_10