ERIC Number: ED367003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Differences in Relationship Development and Self-Disclosure.
Gorcyca, Diane Atkinson
This paper reviews the literature in self-disclosure and gender differences and offers some validity comments regarding the operationalization of the intimacy concept. Self-disclosure research offers two conclusions in regards to gender differences in communication. First, there is no definite indication that females self-disclose more than males. Contradictory findings are the rule through the review of the literature. Second, females do disclose more on the intimate level than males. Males tend to focus their disclosures around activities; while females disclose more on the emotional content level. Intimacy, in the past, has been treated as a static variable, and the paper offers the conclusion that a transactional approach may be useful tool in discussing gender differences and self-disclosure. As support for this contention, excerpts from student papers assigned in a basic communication course, honors division, are offered. These excerpts offer the student perspective as it applies to the validity issues. Contains 25 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Communication Styles; Male Female Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).