Title page for ETD etd-022399-141322

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hadermann, Krista C.
Author's Email Address hader@fred.net
URN etd-022399-141322
Title Girl Talk: Disclosure Between Adolescent Sisters
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Benson, Mark J. Committee Chair
Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member
  • adolescence
  • sisters
  • disclosure
Date of Defense 1999-02-12
Availability restricted
In-depth interviews were conducted with 14

adolescent girls (7 sister pairs) between the ages

of 13 and 18 years to examine disclosure between

adolescent sisters. The content of disclosures

between sisters focused on relationships,

particularly those with boys, family, and peers.

Participants described childhood relationships

as play-oriented, whereas adolescent relationships

were marked by less overall interaction but more

talk. They identified their sisters' ability to

understand, be nonjudgmental, and be

trustworthy as facilitating disclosure. The

possibility that a sister may breach

confidentiality through gossip or tattling,

however, may limit disclosure. Participants

perceived disclosure to bring them closer, to help

them understand each other, and to highlight

differences between them. Although disclsoure was

perceived to be important, participants also valued

companionship and playfulness in their relationships

Perspectives and opinions of each sister within a

dyad were generally congruent. Findings suggested

an association between disclosure and closeness.

Directions for future research are suggested

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