Friendship Styles

Barbara A. Winstead, Old Dominion University
Jessica L. Griffin, University of Massachusetts Medical School

At the time of publication, Jessica Griffin was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


This article presents definitions of friendship, explores gender differences in friendship, and then traces the interweaving of gender and friendship as they develop over the life span. The effects on friendship of sexual orientation and culture and their interactions with gender in relation to friendship will also be examined. In addition, we consider both same-sex and other-sex friendships.