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Analysis of a Friendship

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Paula Blanco

on 22 July 2014

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Transcript of Analysis of a Friendship

Themes
Mutual Rewards of Friendship
Guidance
Security

Forming, Developing and Maintaining Friendships
Shared activities
Shared values
Proximity
Duration of friendship
Dialogue

Fear of Change
Fear of separation
Fear of loneliness

Discussion
Reflexivity
Analysis of a Friendship
Method of Analysis
Thematic analysis was used
We broke the data down into codes, then reviewed these codes and identified themes
Using this method involved a lot of group communication, compromise and collaboration, and our own opinions on the data developed and changed through group discussion

Thematic Map
The Process
Initial identification of themes
Refinement of themes
Initial coding
Group discussion and revision of codes
Embarking on this project, our own experiences as students, as individuals, and as a group coloured our interpretation of Shazia's account:
Some of us had very similar experiences to Shazia at university
Some of us moved here from other countries
Some of us are a similar age to Shazia, while some of us have already graduated
Differences and similarities in age, student status, gender and home country all played a role in the assumptions which we brought to Shazia's interview

Related Research
Summary of results
Discussion of results
Suggestions for alternative approaches and further research
Mutual Rewards of Friendship
Guidance
Security
Helping
Advice
Mutual Learning

Motivation
Tough Love
Mutual Care
Reassurance
Reliability
Consistency
Comfort
Protectiveness
Forming, Developing and Maintaining Friendships
Shared activities
Duration of Friendship
Proximity
Dialogue
Shared experiences
Shared context
Fear of Change
Fear of Separation
Fear of Loneliness
Paula Blanco
Nairi Massekele
Louise Carey
Jordan Divers
Thanks for listening!
Shared values
History
Shared activities
Wright (1978): personalistic focus in friendships: the recognition of each individual's uniqueness, genuineness and irreplaceability in the relationship. Increasing 'levels of self-investment in turn lead to increasing rewards'
Levinger (1974): initial contact usually the result of 'happenstance'. Initial superficial communication very important in providing potential for less superficial forms of interaction
McGarry and McGrath (2013): 'teasing' as a way of forming and affirming social bonds: 'the practice of teasing can act as a powerful mechanism for reinforcing the boundaries and solidarities around the community among young people'. Boys and girls express and discuss friendship differently: girls- more open, dramatic expressions of friendship; boys- more subtle and indirect
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Reference list
Homans, G. (1951).
The Human Group.
New Jersey: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.
Levinger, G. (1974). A three-level approach to attraction: Toward an understanding of pair relatedness. in T. Huston (Ed.)
Foundations of Interpersonal Attraction.
New York: Academic Press. (pp 90-120)
McGarry, O. & McGrath, B. (2013). "A virtual canvas"- designing a blog site to research young muslims' friendships and identities.
Forum: Qualitative Social Research.
14 (1), accessed online: <www.qualitative-research.net>
Wright, P. H. (1978). Toward a theory of friendship based on a conception of self.
Human Communication Research.
4 (3), 196-207

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