Gender and friendship: Why are men's best same-sex friendships less intimate and supportive?

@inproceedings{Bank2000GenderAF,
  title={Gender and friendship: Why are men's best same-sex friendships less intimate and supportive?},
  author={Barbara J. Bank and Suzanne L. Hansford},
  year={2000}
}
Despite efforts to dismiss it, the finding that men's same-sex friendships are less intimate and supportive than women's is robust and widely documented. We tested six possible explanations for this finding: lack of parental models for friendship, emotional restraint, homophobia, masculine self-identity, competitive strivings, and role conflicts. Of these, emotional restraint and homophobia toward gay men provided the most explanatory power for gender effects on both intimacy and support in… CONTINUE READING

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