Gender Difference in Friendships Gender diffs in same-sex friendships from childhood – adulthood exist… 1) in level of emotional expression –How do men & women interact differently? 2) differences in self-disclosure
Cross-sex friendships Eventually gravitate to ‘intimacy mean’ Issues of sexuality have to be negotiated to sustain the friendship Faulkner (2000): –What % of cross-sex friendships end due to problems w/sexual desires? –More common among relatively new friendships Why?
Attachment and Love Evolutionary approach Our adult relationships based partly on our experiences as infants with our caregivers Secure attachment – 70% of infants –Definition & Examples? Avoidant attachment – 20% of infants –Definition & Examples? Insecure attachment – 10% of infants –Definition & Examples?
Attachment Results What type of relationships are reported by securely attached individuals? –Link to commitment & satisfaction? Insecure attachments? Avoidant attachments?
Divorce Around 50% U.S. marriages end in divorce. Varies by country More divorce in individualist cultures. Other predictors of divorce– 1) 2) 3) 4)
Femlee: “Fatal Attraction” 30% of breakups are examples of ‘fatal attractions’ –How are these defined? –What are the results?