The functions of pen pals for adolescents

Shmuel Shulman, Inge Seiffge-Krenke, Lilly Dimitrovsky

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We questioned adolescents in Israel who wished to have a pen pal concerning their motives and their reasons for wanting such a relationship. Results showed that pen pal correspondence was more frequently sought during the earlier years of adolescence and particularly among girls. Adolescents' motives and reasons for wanting a pen pal suggested that such a correspondence may serve the growing need for a close and intimate friend as well as a search for an imaginary companion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-100
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


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