1. Welcome

UPDATE - Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Break-Up with Your Best Friend will be by published by Overlook Press in September 2009.

I'm a journalist who has been commissioned to write a book on female friendships. Toward that end, I will be asking women like you about the powerful bonds between female friends, and the reasons why female friendships fail or simply come to an end. Some of these friendships are ultimately renewed, while others are never mended.

I hope you will be willing to share your experiences by answering this brief survey. You will not be mentioned by name in the book nor will I share any other identifying information about you, without your explicit permission.

Please answer every question. This survey shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes of your time to complete, and you are welcome to write as lengthy a response to any particular question(s) as you would like. I promise to read every response.

Feel free to pass this request on to your friends, past and present, and any relatives or colleagues who would be willing to respond. If you are interested in reading or talking about female friendships, I hope you'll visit my newly launched blog, www.fracturedfriendships.com. Also, if you send me your email address, I will be happy to let you know when the book is published.

Please know how much I appreciate your insights and perspectives.


Irene S. Levine, PhD, Journalist & Author
Professor of Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine