The Japanese Journal of Personality
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A Comparative Study of University Students' Expectations for Same-Sex Friends, Opposite-Sex Friends, and Lovers
Yasumasa Kosaka
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2010 Volume 18 Issue 2 Pages 140-151

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University students' expectations for same-sex friends, opposite-sex friends, and lovers were investigated. University students (N=115) were asked to respond to 35 questions regarding expectations for same-sex friends, and for opposite-sex friends, and for lovers. Factor analysis found five factors: trust and support, outward attractiveness, consideration, active exchange, and mutual improvement. The results indicated that for same-sex friends, both men and women expected trust and support, consideration, active exchange, and mutual improvement. For opposite-sex friends, both men and women expected trust and support, consideration, and active exchange. In addition, men expected outward attractiveness, while women expected mutual improvement. For lovers, both men and women expected all of the 5 factors.

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