Remember me for two weeks. These results support previous findings that although early adolescents initially prefer same-sex best friendships, the number of other-sex best friendships increases over time Bukowski et al. Academy of Management Journal. Increasing the prevalence of successful children: The case for community intervention research.
Research has been done on why men and women initiate these relationships, how they are perceived by others, implications for children with cross-sex friendships, among others. Man to man: Is brotherhood possible? Turner, R. Davis, K. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
An interesting study by psychologist Linda Sapadin acknowledges sexual tension, but admits genuine friendship.
Children whose best friend was present during or shortly after a negative experience had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva compared to those who did not have a best friend present.
Cara Arndorfer is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Oregon. This study examines the relationship between having other-sex versus same-sex best friends and antisocial behavior throughout early adolescence.
The literature has clearly demonstrated that children and adolescents do indeed have other-sex friendships and best friendships distinct from romantic relationships, that these types of relationships increase during adolescence, and that these relationships are viewed as distinct from same-sex friendships McDougall and Hymel Child Development.