ERIC Number: ED221804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Intimacy Status, Locus of Control and Self-Disclosure in Women.
Prager, Karen J.
The fulfillment of the need for intimacy is believed to be central to adult life satisfaction, particularly in young adulthood. To explore the development of intimacy in women and to assess the relationships among intimacy status, locus of control, and self-disclosure, 97 college women with an average age of 30 were placed into 1 of 5 intimacy categories (intimate, pre-intimate, pseudo-intimate, stereotyped relationships, isolate) based on interview responses. Significant differences were found among women on the Social Systems Control Scale of the Reid-Ware Three-Factor Locus of Control Inventory. There was a strong relationship between intimacy and marital status, but no relationship between intimacy, age, motherhood, or need for approval. Isolate women were more internal than stereotyped relationship women; intimate, pre-intimate, and psuedo-intimate women scored in the intermediate range. No differences were found among women in the five intimacy categories on the Fatalism or Self-Control Locus of Control scales, nor were differences found among the groups on self-disclosure. The findings suggest that the possibility of a curvilinear relationship between locus of control and intimacy development should be considered. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).