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CLARK, K. E. (2002). Differences in Trust Within Same-gendered Friendships. National Undergraduate Research Clearinghouse, 5. Available online at http://www.webclearinghouse.net/volume/. Retrieved September 28, 2023 .

Differences in Trust Within Same-gendered Friendships

Sponsored by: MUKUL BHALLA (bhalla@loyno.edu)
Research on same-gendered friendships has generally found that women have more intimate friendships with other women than men do with other men. This research focused on examining the differences in trust levels between men and women’s same-gendered friendships, guided by the hypothesis that if trust levels were measured within single-gendered friendships, then female friendships would exhibit more trust than male friendships. The research was conducted by testing 129 undergraduate students, 72 female and 57 male, by asking them to self-report on their friendships in general and the trust exhibited within those friendships. Two forms of the survey were given; one with female pronouns and the other with male pronouns, and each consisted of four parts. The first part, a general inventory of the participants’ friendships, asked about the number, criteria, and activities associated with close friendships. The second part used an Interpersonal Trust Scale to assess general trust in society, and the third and fourth parts included questions to evaluate trust in same-gendered, close friends. Results showed that more trust exists in female-female friendships than male-male friendships, results that confirmed the hypothesis. With these findings, new insight into the differences in genders was achieved and future studies will be able to more fully explore these trust differences and others.








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