Friendship and Happiness

Across the Life-Span and Cultures

  • Melikşah Demir

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Perspectives on Friendship and Happiness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Silvana Greco, Mary Holmes, Jordan McKenzie
      Pages 19-35
    3. David M. G. Lewis, Laith Al-Shawaf, Eric M. Russell, David M. Buss
      Pages 37-57
    4. Lina María Saldarriaga, William M. Bukowski, Carolina Greco
      Pages 59-78
  3. Friendship and Happiness Across the Lifespan: Reviews of the Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Mark D. Holder, Ben Coleman
      Pages 81-97
    3. Catherine L. Bagwell, Karen P. Kochel, Michelle E. Schmidt
      Pages 99-116
    4. Melikşah Demir, Haley Orthel-Clark, Metin Özdemir, Sevgi Bayram Özdemir
      Pages 117-135
    5. Katherine L. Fiori, Christy A. Denckla
      Pages 137-154
    6. Rebecca G. Adams, Emily M. Taylor
      Pages 155-169
    7. Amanda D. Procsal, Melikşah Demir, Aysun Doğan, Ayça Özen, Nebi Sümer
      Pages 171-185
    8. Adriana M. Manago, Lanen Vaughn
      Pages 187-206
  4. Friendship and Happiness Across Cultures

About this book


This is the first book that explicitly focuses on the relationships between various types of friendship experiences and happiness. It addresses historical, theoretical, and measurement issues in the study of friendship and happiness (e.g., why friends are important for happiness).

In order to achieve a balanced evaluation of this area as a whole, many chapters in the book conclude with a critical appraisal of what is known about the role of friendship in happiness, and provide important directions for future research. Experts from different parts of the world provide in-depth, authoritative reviews on the association between different types of friendship experiences (e.g., friendship quantity, quality) and happiness in different age groups and cultures.

An ideal resource for researchers and students of positive psychology, this rich, clear, and up-to-date book serves as an important reference for academicians in related fields of psychology such as cross-cultural, developmental and social.


Cross-Cultural Approaches in Happiness Family and Friends in Asia Friendhsip and Happiness Friendship Quality of Turkish Children Friendship and Happiness in Algeria Friendship and Happiness in Latin America Friendship and Happiness in Slovakia Friendship and Social Media Happiness across the Lifespan Happiness among College Students in France Happiness among College Students in Lebanon Poistive Relationships Positive Well-Being and Children's Friendship Subjective Well-Being and Friendship

Editors and affiliations

  • Melikşah Demir
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9602-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9603-3
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