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Self Disclosure, Intimacy and Communication in Families

Shirley J. Gilbert
The Family Coordinator
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul., 1976), pp. 221-231
DOI: 10.2307/582335
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/582335
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Abstract

Self disclosure communication, as it relates to the development of intimacy in human relationships is investigated. The focus of the study is exploratory and relates variables as they influence characteristic communication patterns, primarily within husband-wife relationships. Research is cited which suggests a curvilinear relationship between self disclosure and interpersonal satisfaction in long term relationships such as marriage. The disturbing findings are analyzed within the framework of "intimacy", suggesting the need to re-think the current constructs of self disclosure and intimacy.

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