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Terri Apter, Ph.D., is a writer and researcher on girls' development and women's psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she is now a Fellow of Clare Hall. Her book Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters During Adolescence became a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She appears regularly on BBC radio as Radio Cambridgeshire's "resident psychologist. Terri is married and has two teenage daughters. Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., is a practicing psychotherapist who has been on the faculties of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Towson University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Fielding Institute. She has received the American Psychological Association Henry A. Murray Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. She is the author of several books, including Revising Herself: The Story of Women's Identity from College to Midlife. Ruthellen is married, and her daughter, Jaimie Baron, collaborated on Best Friends. From the Hardcover edition.


Both the joy and the pain of friendship between adolescent girls and women are scrutinized in this interesting and accessible analysis. Psychologists Apter (Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters During Adolescence) and Josselson (Revising Herself) show that the important role of female friendships in fostering a sense of self has been largely ignored in studies. Drawing on academic research, interviews with girls and women from a variety of backgrounds and the expertise of school counselors, the authors examine how females negotiate relationships that can include difficult periods of possessiveness, unrealistic idealization, envy and conflict. They also describe the benefits these relationships provide, such as pleasure, comfort, support and the nonjudgmental ear of a close friend. Apter and Josselson argue that these positive aspects contribute to psychological growth, and they recommend honest communication as the best way to strengthen female friendship. (Sept.)

"[Apter and Josselson] argue in this breakthrough study, [that] the enormous formative impact of women's friendships outweighs most other influences--even that of parents. . . . Like its subjects, Best Friends is an illuminating experience." --Book of the Month Club "Both the joy and pain of friendship between adolescent girls and women are scrutinized in this interesting and accessible analysis." --Publishers Weekly "As Apter and Josselson trigger strong memories, they shed much-needed light on the profound influence young women have on each other." --Booklist "This book should become the constant companion of girls and women as they grow and change." --Judith Michael, author of A Certain Smile "Best Friends is a rich and engaging book that women from their teen years into adulthood will find revealing and helpful. The authors have found a deep truth in their descriptions of the lifelong emotional importance of friendship for girls and women." --Nancy J. Chodorow, psychoanalyst and author of Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities "Best Friends is breathtaking in its promise of understanding what is compelling about female friendships." --Annie G. Rogers, associate professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education "No woman will be able to read this book without reliving her own experience, past and present." --Lillian Rubin, author of Just Friends and Erotic Wars

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