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Men & Friendship: How Do Men Make and Maintain Friendships?


How do men approach making and maintaining friends, and how has loneliness and depression increased now that society puts pressure on men to emphasize work and family over fostering their own friendships? We’ll discuss how men communicate — or don’t — and how that affects their relationships, particularly with other men.


Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology, director of the Peer Relations Lab at University of Maine

R. Bruce Thompson, MA, Ph.D., professor of psychology, human development in the department of psychology, University of Southern Maine

David Ward (by phone), licensed clinical social worker practicing psychotherapy in Yarmouth

Theo Greene (by phone), Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, Bowdoin College


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