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Residential mobility, social support concerns, and friendship strategy


Social Psychological and Personality Science


Organisational Behaviour

Authors / Editors

Lun J;Roth D;Oishi S;Kesebir S


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The present research examined how residential mobility affects the extent to which people compartmentalize friendship activities (i.e., selecting different friends for different activities) and the role of social support concerns in the relationship between mobility and friendship compartmentalization. Studies 1 and 2 showed that people who had moved frequently while growing up or who were primed to think about moving compartmentalized their friendships more if they valued social support in friendship. Study 3 showed that this effect was driven by concerns over social support availability. The findings suggest that residential mobility changes friendship structure in ways that satisfy individuals’ expectations of friendship.


Residential mobility; Friendship; Social support concerns; Socioecology

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