Prerequisite Conditions For Self-Disglosing: A Gender Issue

Sandra Petronio, Judith Martin, Robert Littlefield

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Using a scheme previously developed by the authors to define conceptually self-disclosure, this study focuses on orte dimension found in that investigation— prerequisite for disclosure. The research examines gender differences in perceived importance placedon four conditions: setting, receiver, sender, and relationship characteristics judged to be needed before disclosing private information about oneself to others. The study also looks at the influence of topic on males’ and females’ use of conditions. Results suggest that women find sender and receiver characteristics more important as prerequisite conditions for self-disclosure than do men. No significant effect of topic on the use of conditions was found for men or women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalCommunication Monographs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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