Friendship loss and dissolution in adulthood: A conceptual model

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Adult friendships are important relationships, yet little work has examined the processes through which they end and the antecedents and consequences of endings. Building on work that has highlighted the reasons friendships end (Fehr, 1996), we propose an adult friendship dissolution process model that features how situational, personal, and interpersonal variables may influence whether friendships are ended via active or passive routes. Furthermore, potential intervening variables that could lead to different paths of friendship dissolution, including the emotional toll of experiencing dissolution via one path versus another, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Early online dateJul 24 2021
StatePublished - Feb 2022

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  • Dissolution
  • Emotions
  • Friendships
  • Loss

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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