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Intimacy in the Friendships of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People: A Preliminary Study of Gender and Age Effects

Author: Patford,-Janet
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Australian-Journal-of-Social-Research
Volume/Pages 5, 1, 19-36.
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract Mail questionnaire data obtained 1995/96 from 155 self-identified gays, lesbians, & bixsexuals with partners in Australia are drawn on to investigate whether intimacy with close same-sex & opposite-sex friends could be predicted on the basis of gender & life-stage. Findings indicated that males disclosed more intimate information than females to opposite-sex friends, but there were no gender differences in disclosure to same-sex friends. Contrary to expectation, respondents entering middle age disclosed no less than those who were younger or older. Theoretical implications & prospects for future research are discussed. 1 Table, 50 References. Adapted from the source document