• Keeping Friends

NYU News & Views – April 2010

Published: April 5, 2010 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Dr. Levine talks about her survey research on female friendships in NYU Medical School News & Views.

Women are told from the time they’re little girls that best friends are for life, and that one friend—just one—will become their closest confidante, their bosom buddy. But it’s not necessarily so, and when a friendship fails, the wound can be deep and slow to heal. “A broken friendship is a taboo subject that women don’t usually talk about,” explains Irene Levine, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry. “It’s embarrassing and associated with stigma. We don’t even have a vocabulary for why friendships fall apart or a roadmap for what happens when they do.”


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