The purpose of this study is to examine how heterosexual males form same-sex friendships and why heterosexual males are attracted to other heterosexual males as friends. More specifically, this study examines heterosexual male same-sex friendships within the context of collegiate American football. There are several rationales for this study. Brief examples of those include the lack of this type of interpersonal communication research in heterosexual male same-sex friendships, as well as a need for varied methodological approaches to friendship research. This study will use face-to-face interviews to collect data from its participants. The interviews will be held in a designated classroom for one to two hours. The interviews will be recorded for transcription purposes with the permission of the participants. There are thirty-five, open-ended questions. The questions ask participants to reflect on their friendship and provide insight into how football has impacted said friendship, as well as how the formation of the friendship occurred and ways the friendship is maintained. Please see the attached document for a complete list of interview questions.


Johnson, Michelle


Communication Studies


Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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