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Benefit of Burden? : Attraction in Emerging and Middle-Aged Adults' Cross-Sex Friendships

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Author(s)
Ritchie, Laura; Erickson, Leah
Advisor(s)
Bleske-Rechek, April L.
Date
Apr 2010
Subject(s)
Posters; Friendship--Sex role; Friendship--Psychological aspects; Interpersonal relations; Man-woman relationships
Series
USGZE AS589
Abstract
The degree to which romantic and sexual attraction manifest in cross-sex friendships varies, as do the proffered explanations for the existence of attraction. We propose that, because cross-sex friendships may be historically recent, men's and women's evolved mating strategies are activated in the context of cross-sex friendships and influence, at least in part, men's and women's cross-sex friendship experiences. If evolved mating mechanisms are activated in the context of a cross-sex friendship, then our predictions about interactions between cross-sex friends should follow from research and theory on the structure of men's and women's mating strategies.
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Color poster with text and graphs.
Sponsor(s)
University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
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http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/47319 
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