Wendy R. Ipock

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Randy Young

Degree Award Date

Spring 2002


Comparison, Ideal Friendships, Actual Friendships, Children, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescence


Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology


Examines best friend relationships of children in early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Utilizing a 2 (gender: male, female) x 3 (grade: 4th, 7th, 11th ) factorial design, 3 dependent variables are investigated. These dependent variables seek to measure the following: 1) children's behavioral and dispositional expectations for ideal best friends, 2) children's evaluations of behavioral and dispositional traits in actual best friend relationships, and 3) acceptability of disclosure in best friend relationships. Fulfillment in best friend relationships is also explored.