I am so happy ‘cause my best friend is there for me when things go right: Friendship and happiness among emerging adults in algeria and slovakia

Melikşah Demir, Mustapha Achoui, Jaromir Šimonek

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Abstract

Emerging adults share positive events in their lives with their friends. Past research has shown that those who perceive the responses they receive from their friends as positive upon sharing a positive event experience higher levels of happiness. However, the process accounting for this association is not addressed. The present study addressed this gap in the literature by proposing that friendship quality explains why perceived responses to capitalization attempts are related to happiness. Emerging adults in Algeria (n=282) and Slovakia (n=349) participated in the study. Results showed that perceiving the same-sex friend supportive of one’s positive experiences was related to friendship quality, which in turn predicted happiness in both cultures. The contribution of the findings to the literature is discussed and suggestions for future research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFriendship and Happiness
Subtitle of host publicationAcross The Life-Span and Cultures
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages305-319
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789401796033
ISBN (Print)9789401796026
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Algeria
  • Bootstrapping
  • Friendship
  • Happiness
  • Perceived responses to capitalization attempts
  • Slovakia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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    Demir, M., Achoui, M., & Šimonek, J. (2015). I am so happy ‘cause my best friend is there for me when things go right: Friendship and happiness among emerging adults in algeria and slovakia. In Friendship and Happiness: Across The Life-Span and Cultures (pp. 305-319). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9603-3_18