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ERIC Number: ED162944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 16
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Self-Disclosure Patterns of Male and Female College Students: Change Over Time.
Kolman, Anita Sue
The paper discusses a study of self-disclosure patterns of 29 college men and 35 college women. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent to which college students confided in their best male friend, best female friend, mother, and father about attitudes and opinions, tastes and interests, work and studies, money, personality, and body. The hypothesis was that the best cross-sex friend would emerge as the primary confidant for both male and female college students. In previous research the best same-sex friend had been found to be the primary confidant. In this study students were directed to respond to a 58-item self-disclosure questionnaire. Responses were analyzed statistically, specifically by analysis of variance and t-tests. Findings indicated that the hypothesis was not supported. Two of the conclusions were that (1) both males and females used their best male and female friend equally as confidants, and (2) males in a committed relationship and single females directed the most self disclosures to their best female friend. Additional research is suggested to delineate the link between love and self disclosure. (DB)
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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