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What it takes for middle-school friendship to survive a lifetime

What it takes for middle-school friendship to survive a lifetime

They shared a passion for hard rock, played the same sports and had the "same quirky sense of humor," said Fort Wayne, Ind., attorney and author Laurie Gray of her middle-school friend, Lafayette, Ind., teacher Beth King Shaw. So it's no wonder the women, now 51, are still friends. Sharing similar traits is one of the top reasons middle-school friendships survive, according to a Florida Atlantic University study, "A Survival Analysis of Adolescent Friendships: The Downside of Dissimilarity." Adolescents are more likely to remain friends if they are the same gender; that result did not surprise the authors. The other similarities that most affect friendships...

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