Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Hadermann, Krista C. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-022399-141322 Title Girl Talk: Disclosure Between Adolescent Sisters Degree Master of Science Department Human Development Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Benson, Mark J. Committee Chair Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1999-02-12 Availability restricted AbstractIn-depth interviews were conducted with 14
adolescent girls (7 sister pairs) between the ages
of 13 and 18 years to examine disclosure between
adolescent sisters. The content of disclosures
between sisters focused on relationships,
particularly those with boys, family, and peers.
Participants described childhood relationships
as play-oriented, whereas adolescent relationships
were marked by less overall interaction but more
talk. They identified their sisters' ability to
understand, be nonjudgmental, and be
trustworthy as facilitating disclosure. The
possibility that a sister may breach
confidentiality through gossip or tattling,
however, may limit disclosure. Participants
perceived disclosure to bring them closer, to help
them understand each other, and to highlight
differences between them. Although disclsoure was
perceived to be important, participants also valued
companionship and playfulness in their relationships
Perspectives and opinions of each sister within a
dyad were generally congruent. Findings suggested
an association between disclosure and closeness.
Directions for future research are suggested
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