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Friendship and Happiness

Across the Life-Span and Cultures

  • Melikşah Demir


  • Focuses explicitly on the role of friendship experiences in happiness

  • Covers theory and recent empirical research regarding the role of friendship in happiness in different cultures

  • Provides important directions for future research


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

About the editors

Melikşah Demir received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan, USA) in 2007. He is currently an associate professor at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona, USA) since then. Since his graduate school years, Demir has been conducting research on friendship and happiness in different age groups (e.g., Demir & Urberg, 2004; Demir & Weitekamp, 2007; Demir, 2010). His current research focuses on delineating the processes and mechanisms responsible for the friendship-happiness link (e.g., Demir & Ozdemir, 2010). Specifically, Melikşah Demir is testing different theoretical models that could explain why friendship is related to happiness. He also conducts cross-cultural studies to examine whether the role of friendship in happiness is similar in different cultures.

Bibliographic information


“Demir is to be touted for obtaining the perspectives and research from 43 authors … heralding from 16 different countries. … The book … would enrich undergraduate and graduate students of psychology, gerontology, philosophy, cultural anthropology, gender studies, and sociology. I would recommend it as a primer for graduate students about to embark on their original research as both a blueprint of what to do—and not—when operationalizing—or indeed, choosing—mercurial, multifaceted concepts.” (Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (49), December, 2015)