Friendship Styles

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



Document Type

Book Chapter

Medical Subject Headings

Friends; Interpersonal Relations


Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


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.


Citation: Winstead, B. A. & Griffin, J. L. (2001). Friendship Styles. In J. Worrell (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, p. 481-492.

A partial preview of this chapter is available via Google Books.

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