Social Network Disclosure in Romantic Relationships: Associations with Approval and Commitment

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Social Network Disclosure in Romantic Relationships: Associations with Approval and Commitment

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Title: Social Network Disclosure in Romantic Relationships: Associations with Approval and Commitment
Author: Harmon, Rebecca A.
Advisor: Le, Benjamin
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 21077 bytes299281 bytes
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: The specific topics that people disclose to their social networks, including their mothers, fathers, and friends, were investigated. Participants included 188 college-aged students who voluntarily completed an online survey. Results revealed that males and females disclose different amounts of information overall, and that their levels of disclosure depend on the social network to whom they are disclosing. Results also indicated that positive disclosure is associated with perceived levels of approval, perceived levels of approval are positively associated with commitment, and closeness to a social network is associated with amount of disclosure. Finally, partners in romantic relationships disclose more information overall (despite content) to their friends than to their parents. This finding suggests that people’s relationships with their parents differ greatly from their relationships with their friends, and consequently, their disclosure styles (i.e., what and how much they disclose) as well as their romantic relationships in general, are affected by their varying relationships with their social networks.
Subject: Social networks
Subject: Interpersonal communication
Subject: Couples
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1424

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Harmon, Rebecca A.. "Social Network Disclosure in Romantic Relationships: Associations with Approval and Commitment". 2008. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1424.

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