“A boy would be friends with boys… and a girl… with girls”: Gender norms in early adolescent friendships in Egypt and Belgium

Published in Journal of Adolescent Health, 2017

Recommended citation: Al-Attar, G., De Meyer, S., El-Gibaly, O., Michielsen, K., Stamato, L., & Mmari, K. (2017). “A boy would be friends with boys… and a girl… with girls”: Gender norms in early adolescent friendships in Egypt and Belgium. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(4), S30-S34.

For this special issue paper marking the culmination of the first phase of the longitudinal Global Early Adolecent Study, I conducted a qualitative analysis of interview data collected by my colleagues in Assiut, Egypt and Ghent, Belgium, discussing findings collaboratively. As the title of the paper suggests, we saw that young adolescents in both sites described a transition from enjoying cross-sex friendships to maintaining only same-sex friendships. Together with findings from other sites, we saw that this was experiences with a sense of loss among adolescents.

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