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Sex Roles

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 433–447 | Cite as

Sex differences in self-disclosure: Effects of topic content, friendship, and partner's sex

  • Valerian J. Derlega
  • Bonnie Durham
  • Barbara Gockel
  • David Sholis
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Abstract

Male-female differences in self-disclosure were found as a function of sex stereotyping of topic content. Men disclosed less than women on “feminine” topics, which emphasized personal concerns and sensitivities. Men and women did not differ in disclosure on “neutral” topics, considered appropriate for both sexes to discuss. Men and women did not differ in disclosure on “masculine” topics (emphasizing assertiveness) in two of three experiments. Theoretical mechanisms that might mediate sex differences in self-disclosure were considered.

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Social Psychology Topic Content Theoretical Mechanism Personal Concern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerian J. Derlega
    • 1
  • Bonnie Durham
    • 1
  • Barbara Gockel
    • 1
  • David Sholis
    • 1
  1. 1.Old Dominion UniversityUSA

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