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The Influence of Feminism on Self-Silencing and Friendship Quality in Women's Same-Sex Friendships

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Title: The Influence of Feminism on Self-Silencing and Friendship Quality in Women's Same-Sex Friendships
Author: Dainow, Alexandra
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Barata, Paula
Abstract: This study examined how pro-feminist attitudes influenced self-silencing and friendship quality in women’s same-sex friendships (n = 226). In the whole sample of women, stronger pro-feminist attitudes were related to less self-silencing. In the self-identified feminist women’s sub-sample (n = 143), their friendships with other feminist women were of higher quality than their friendships with non-feminist women. However, stronger pro-feminist attitudes were related to better friendship quality for both types of friendships. Overall self-silencing and the divided self mediated the positive relationship between pro-feminist attitudes and friendship quality for these self-identified feminist women. The strength of the relationship between self-silencing and friendship quality differed for self-identified feminist women’s friendships with feminist and non-feminist women. Self-silencing was more negatively correlated with friendship quality for self-identified feminist women’s friendships with non-feminist women. These findings helped to elucidate an understanding of the influence of pro-feminist attitudes and self-silencing in different relational contexts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8473
Date: 2014-09
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