Cross-sex friendships: Who has more?

Alison P. Lenton, Laura Webber

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Abstract

This is the first study to examine the independent, simultaneous, and relative roles of several factors-sex, relationship commitment, perceptions of the benefits vs. costs of cross-sex (vs. same-sex) friendships, gender role orientation, and sexism-in the number of cross-sex (vs. same-sex) friendships people have. The latter four constructs were independently found to predict participants' proportions of cross-sex friendships. Furthermore, a model comprised of all five factors provided a very good fit to the data, explaining 35% of the variability in the degree to which the participants possessed cross-sex friendships. Perceptions regarding the general benefits of both same- and cross-sex friendships and cross-gender role orientation continued to explain proportion of cross-sex friendship when the other factors were controlled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-820
Number of pages12
JournalSex Roles
Volume54
Issue number11-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • cross-sex friendship
  • gender role orientation
  • sexism
  • relationship commitment
  • benefits vs costs
  • ROLE INVENTORY
  • GENDER DIAGNOSTICITY
  • SAME-SEX
  • DIFFERENTIATING HOSTILE
  • PERSONALITY SIMILARITY
  • UNOBTRUSIVE MEASURE
  • BENEVOLENT SEXISM
  • MEN
  • WOMEN
  • ATTITUDES

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