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Mario Luis Small

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190661427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190661427.001.0001

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Beyond Named Confidants

Beyond Named Confidants

Whom They Actually Talked To

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(p.44) Chapter 3 Beyond Named Confidants
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Someone To Talk To
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Mario Luis Small

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190661427.003.0004

This chapter examines whether the graduate students, when talking about their serious personal worries, actually approached their newly named confidants or stuck, instead, to old ones. Three possible expectations about what the students did are discussed: the students will reserve their serious worries for old confidants, or strong ties; they will approach both old and new confidants, strong and weak ties, with their serious worries; or they will not necessarily reserve their serious worries for either old or new confidants, approaching even people they did not name as confidants. The chapter shows that, when faced with their own most serious worries, the students turned to old named confidants, to new ones, and even to people not named at all.

Keywords:   graduate students, confidants, personal worries, weak ties, strong ties, General Social Survey

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