ERIC Number: ED188267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self-Acceptance, Self-Disclosure and Intimacy.
A study was conducted to determine the degree to which the psychological variable of self-acceptance and the communication variable of self-disclosure served as predictors of the degree of intimacy in a marital relationship. The study involved 72 couples who had been married from 2 to 42 years. The subjects completed four written scales and discussed three topics in tape recorded conversations. (What are the aspects of your daily work that either satisfy or bother you? What were the occasions in your life in which you were the happiest and unhappiest? and What are the sources of reward and dissatisfaction in your marriage?) The results indicated that the degree of intimacy in a relationship was related to the communication variable of self-disclosure but not to the psychological variable of self-acceptance. In addition, the study found that there were gender differences in the association of the self-acceptance, self-disclosure, and intimacy variables that require further investigation. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (71st, Ocean City, MD, April 24-26, 1980).