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Certain masculinity norms such as toughness, emotional stoicism, and homophobia appear to be barriers to forming intimate friendships between boys and men.
Boys and men who do not successfully build close connections may experience low self-esteem and impaired psychological health.
Boys and men who effectively build intimate relationships benefit from peer support and companionship as well as a decrease in anxiety and depression levels.
Scholars have yet to conduct a meta-synthesis exploring the relation between masculinity and friendship.
Male friendship; Masculinity; Friendship
Fernando, Dulshi; Aguilera, Valeria; Vierra, Kristin; and Gutierrez, Diana, "The Relationship Between Masculinity & Friendships: A Thematic Analysis On The Qualities of Male Friendships" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 94.
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