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Close relationship paths : the role of equity and maintenance in satisfaction for female siblings and friends Sundstrom, Jennifer

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Emerging adulthood is a time when close relationships are extremely important, particularly to women. In this study, young women's close relationships with sisters and female friends were examined in order to determine if relationship type effects relationship processes. Past research reveals that two variables are typically positively correlated with relationship satisfaction - equity and relationship maintenance. It was expected that these correlations would be significantly stronger for close friendships than for close sibling relationships. These differences were predicted because friendships are voluntary, and tend to be less communal and shorter in duration than sibling relationships. Statistical procedures showed that while the two relationship types do vary in the latter three ways, they do not differ significantly in terms of equity, maintenance, or satisfaction.

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