Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 449–469 | Cite as

Be There For Me and I Will Be There For You: Friendship Maintenance Mediates the Relationship Between Capitalization and Happiness

  • Melikşah DemirEmail author
  • Alexandra Tyra
  • Ayça Özen-Çıplak
Research Paper


Friends share positive events with each other, and the perception of the responses as active and constructive (i.e., enthusiastic) is related to happiness. Two studies (N = 685) investigated friendship maintenance (FM) in same-sex best friendships as the mediator of the relationship between perceived responses to capitalization attempts (PRCA) and happiness. Results in both studies showed that PRCA was positively related to FM, and that FM explained why PRCA was associated with happiness, even when different measures of happiness were utilized. Although women reported higher levels of PRCA and FM compared to men, the associations of the friendship experiences with happiness were similar and the model was supported for both women and men. The results are discussed in terms of the importance of understanding the role of friendship experiences in the capitalization process. Also, directions for future research were provided.


Bootstrapping Friendship maintenance Happiness Perceived responses to capitalization attempts Same-sex friendship 


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  1. 1.Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTOBB Ekonomi ve Teknoloji ÜniversitesiAnkaraTurkey

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