ERIC Number: ED056337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self-Disclosure in Isolated Groups.
Taylor, Dalmas A.
Analyses of self-disclosure behavior under multiple conditions of social isolation and confinement replicated earlier findings and generally confirmed hypotheses derived from social penetration theory. Major findings link self-disclosure to environmental parameters and interpersonal friction. In the Privacy without Stimulation condition, Ss possibly attempted to cope with this austerity by engaging in verbal exchanges which, doubtlessly, decreased social distance between pair-members and resulted in greater disclosure breadth at high intimacy levels. Stimulation in the No-Privacy groups probably mediated verbal exchanges by reminding Ss of past experiences. However, the especially close interaction forced by the No-Privacy manipulation tended to encourage guardedness; while groups in Privacy with Stimulation exhibited the least amount of disclosure due to being physically separated, especially those under Long Mission Expectations. Findings have broad implication for exchange theories and can be useful in training men to adapt to isolated and confined situations. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park.
Identifiers: Self Disclosure
Note: Paper presented at Eastern Psychological Association meetings, New York, N.Y. April 15-17, 1971