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The effect of group psychotherapy on close same-gender friendships among boys and girls

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This article reports the unique impact of group therapy on close same-gender friendships among preadolescent boys and girls. Data on close to 400 preadolescents, accumulated from three consecutive years of the same group intervention, indicate that girls grow in their sense of intimacy in a same-gender friendship whether treated or not, while only treated boys demonstrate such growth. Change is attributed to the special features of group therapy, and the significance of such progress for future cross-gender relationships is discussed.

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The author is grateful to Helene Hogri for her editorial assistance.

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Shechtman, Z. The effect of group psychotherapy on close same-gender friendships among boys and girls. Sex Roles 30, 829–834 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01544234

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Keywords

  • Group Intervention
  • Social Psychology
  • Group Therapy
  • Unique Impact