Friendship and its Implications for Mental Health or Social Competence

  title={Friendship and its Implications for Mental Health or Social Competence},
  author={John M. Reisman},
  journal={The Journal of Early Adolescence},
  pages={383 - 391}
  • J. Reisman
  • Published 1 September 1985
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Early Adolescence
A review of the theoretical and research literature indicates having few or no friends is a major diagnostic criterion for a number of psychiatric disorders and is presumptive evidence of some disturbance in development. Adolescents do value friends, but it is not clear if the functions of friendship are unique or whether they might be served in other human relationships. There is much concern about the mental health implications of males having less intimate friendships than females, yet… 

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