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Citation Formats
M. Demir, A. Ozen, and A. DOĞAN, “Friendship, Perceived Mattering and Happiness: A Study of American and Turkish College Students,” JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 659–664, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: