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Buddy SystemUnderstanding Male Friendships$
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Geoffrey Greif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.001.0001

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What Do Friendship and Friend Mean?

What Do Friendship and Friend Mean?

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(p.45) 2 What Do Friendship and Friend Mean?
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Buddy System
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Geoffrey L. Greif

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.003.0003

This chapter discusses the research on men's friendship, based on interviews with 386 men. How men describe friendship is first covered: being understood and having a friend who is loyal, dependable, and trustworthy are all important to men when they describe their friendships. Whether men believe they have enough friends — 40% are unsure or do not believe they do — is discussed.

Keywords:   men's friendship, friend, loyal

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