The Relationship Between Friendship and Support: An Empirical Study


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This study examines the relationship between friendship closeness and friendship support in increasingly deviant scenarios. The researchers sought to identify whether closer friends would support each other in more scenarios than friends who were not close, and whether gender was a factor. It was hypothesized that closer friends would support each other in more scenarios, and males would support each other more than females. 118 randomly selected participants completed a two-part questionnaire that determined their closeness and gave them the option of fourteen different scenarios to support their friend in. Results showed that in lower level scenarios, males and closer friends were more likely to support each other. In higher level scenarios, there was no significant difference between friendship closeness or gender.

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