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ERIC Number: ED245174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Self-Disclosure: A Critical Look at Variables Affecting Self-Disclosure Levels in the Therapeutic Relationship.
Hendrikson, Leslie
By critically examining a variety of personological and environmental attributes that influence a person's disclosure patterns in individual or group therapy, the paper attempts to present a clearer picture of self-disclosure as a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Following a definition, the paper is arranged into eight parts. Part 1 focuses on ways in which different levels of self-disclosure are perceived by others. In part 2, a look at a number of research studies presents evidence validating the value of self-disclosure in therapy. Based on the premise that too much or too little self-disclosure can block progress, part 3 discusses "appropriateness" as a key to effective self-disclosure. Part 4 deals with potential negative or harmful situations for self-disclosure. A look at the literature presents evidence documenting the notion that males disclose less than females (part 5), that racial and cultural factors may influence self-disclosure (part 6), and that age is also related to self-disclosure (part 7). The final section discusses possible effects that therapist self-disclosure may have on client self-disclosure levels. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
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