The development of companionship and intimacy.

  title={The development of companionship and intimacy.},
  author={Duane Buhrmester and Wyndol Duane Furman},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={58 4},
This study is concerned with the development of companionship and intimacy. Subjects in the second, fifth, and eighth grades (mean ages, respectively, 7.5, 10.4, and 13.4) rated the importance and extent of companionship and intimate disclosure experienced in social life in general and in each of 8 types of relationships. Companionship was perceived as a desired social provision at all 3 grade levels. Family members were important providers of companionship for children in the second and fifth… 

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