Theory, Research, and Therapy

  • Valerian J. Derlega
  • John H. Berg

Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. John H. Berg, Valerian J. Derlega
    Pages 1-8
  3. Lynn Carol Miller, Stephen J. Read
    Pages 35-58
  4. Mark H. Davis, Stephen L. Franzoi
    Pages 59-79
  5. Charles T. Hill, Donald E. Stull
    Pages 81-100
  6. John H. Berg
    Pages 101-130
  7. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick
    Pages 131-154
  8. Leslie A. Baxter
    Pages 155-174
  9. Joseph P. Stokes
    Pages 175-201
  10. Dan Coates, Tina Winston
    Pages 229-255
  11. William B. Stiles
    Pages 257-282
  12. Edward M. Waring
    Pages 283-301
  13. Susan S. Hendrick
    Pages 303-327
  14. Richard L. Archer
    Pages 329-342
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 343-357

About this book


Decisions about self-disclosure-whether to reveal one's thoughts, feel­ ings, or past experiences to another person, or the level of intimacy of such disclosure-are part of the everyday life of most persons. The nature of the decisions that a person makes will have an impact on his or her life. They will determine the kinds of relationships the person has with others; how others perceive him or her; and the degree of self­ knowledge and awareness that the person possesses. The study of self-disclosure has interested specialists from many disciplines, including personality and social psychologists, clinical and counseling psychologists, and communications researchers. Our book brings together the work of experts from these various disciplines with the hope that knowledge about work being done on self-disclosure in related disciplines will be increased. A strong emphasis in each of the chapters is theory development and the integration of ideas about self-disclosure. The book's chapters explore three major areas, including the interrelationship of self-disclosure and personality as well as the role of self-disclosure in the development, maintenance, and deterioration of personal relationships, and the con­ tribution of self-disclosure to psychotherapy, marital therapy, and counseling.


communication consciousness Counseling gender knowledge personality psychopathology psychotherapy stress

Editors and affiliations

  • Valerian J. Derlega
    • 1
  • John H. Berg
    • 2
  1. 1.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.University of MississippiUniversityUSA

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