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ERIC Number: ED403997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 19
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Self-Disclosure in Youth at Different Stages of Development of Interpersonal Relationships.
Niebrzydowski, Leon
This study investigated the connection between self-disclosure and stages in development of interpersonal relationships. It hypothesized that self-disclosure in relationships is of a dynamic character which works in two directions: towards the interaction partner, and in the opposite direction. The study proposed three stages in the development of interpersonal relationships: (1) acquaintance; (2) "good friends"; and (3) best friends. It examined 70 juniors in high school, about 17 years of age, and used the self-disclosure questionnaire consisting of 60 statements in the following possible categories of conversation: (1) attitudes; (2) interests; (3) work or studies; (4) money; (5) body; and (6) health. The study found that the breadth and depth of self-disclosure is in proportion to the stage of development of the interpersonal relationship. Subjects were most open and forthcoming in the categories of interests, learning at school, and attitudes, possibly because revealing information to a partner concerning these areas was more external and therefore more easily revealed. The subjects were less open and forthcoming about personality, body, and health, perhaps because these areas were more deeply rooted in self-knowledge and therefore more difficult to reveal. Also, in contacts with strangers, the level of self-disclosure in male subjects was significantly higher than in female subjects, indicating that girls are more selective when choosing a partner for self-disclosure. (Contains 12 references.) (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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