Title page for ETD etd-08092002-135137


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Billeter, Courtney Bly
Author's Email Address cbillete@vt.edu
URN etd-08092002-135137
Title An Exploration of Eight Dimensions of Self-Disclosure with Relationship Satisfaction
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bailey, Carol A. Committee Chair
Bayer, Alan E. Committee Member
Kiecolt, K. Jill Committee Member
Keywords
  • intimacy
  • dating
Date of Defense 2002-06-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This research extends previous work on measuring eight dimensions of self-disclosure on intimate relationship satisfaction. 134 individuals answered a questionnaire concerning how they self-disclosed to their partner. I predicted that overall self-disclosure (all eight dimensions combined) would be positively related to degree of relationship satisfaction. Second, overall self-disclosure would be positively related to degree of relationship satisfaction when controlling for gender, length of relationship, and whether the respondent was referring to a current or former partner. Furthermore, I predicted that each dimension of self-disclosure would be positively related to relationship satisfaction. Results indicate that not all of my hypotheses were supported. For example, one's tastes and interests and one's self-feelings were statistically negatively significant with relationship satisfaction. Self-disclosure is an important part of relationship satisfaction, while distinguishing which dimension of self-disclosure had more importance proved to be a more complicated factor.
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