A Research Project to examine Friendships among Freshmen

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Quantitative Analysis I

Assignment 1

A Research Project to examine Friendships among Freshmen


  1. To examine psychological effect associated with friendships among adolescents.

  1. To understand the difference in sociability or social attitudes contributes to the difference in behaviours and development of friendship with opposite-sex among youngsters.

  1. To find out the allocation of activities for different types of friends in young adults.


The needs of adolescents always remain poorly understood. Neglect of this population has major implications for the future, they are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure to engage in problem behaviours such as drug abuse, and delinquency such as shoplifting. Moreover, loneliness and other unidentified negative emotions may easily lead to serious psychological problems in the future.

It is believed that everyone allocates his/her social time differently based on their sociability and their social attitudes. These factors also contributed to one’s reaction to loneliness and development of friendships with opposite-sex. This research aims at figuring out the relationship between one’s sociability and his behaviours.


To support the research, a survey was conducted. In the questionnaire to examine friendships in young adults, 15 intensive questions were put forward.

40 questionnaires were distributed, while only 38 were returned. The response rate is 95%. And since no invalid responding questionnaire was collected, all the 38 returning ones were to be based on in the following analysis.

The questionnaires were distributed randomly to minimize any bias. Respondents were selected if they were found online using ICQ during 18:00 – 19:00 on 22nd October, 2004, and ONLY if they were freshmen of any University or Community Colleges.

The study has been focused on freshmen, under an assumption that since these people were just graduated from secondary schools, so the new ways of interaction with social contexts in the completely new schooling environments shall give a greater impact on their emotions or psychological states of mind than those had been used to the way of interaction for years.


Some basic information of the interviewees should be provided before further analysis to be done.

  1. Gender of the respondents

  1. Existence of a stable Romantic Partner

Among all the respondents, the percentage of male having a romantic partner(19%) is around the same as that of female(17.6%), giving a total of 18.4% of all interviewees who are engaged in a romantic relationship.

  1. Sociable or Unsociable?

Interviewees were asked whether they classify themselves as sociable or unsociable individuals. The result was as follows:

Though there is a possible bias of the results which arises from different definitions of sociability for different people, it is believed that one’s understanding of his/her own personality and the resulted behaviours are strictly correlated. Therefore the results shall be accepted for analysis.

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  1. The Degree of Concern for different relationship

There is actually no significant difference in prioritizing the degree of importance for different types of people between males and females. The only one worth a mention is that the percentage of male putting highest degree of concern on family(71.4%) is greater than that of female(64.7%), leaving a significant reduction of the percentage of male placing 2nd priority on family(9.52%) comparing to that of female(17.6%).

Since there is not much difference in the percentage in prioritizing the degree ...

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