Humans possess a need to share and discuss the sexual aspects of themselves with others (Snell, Belk, Papinin, & Clark, 1989). Past research on sexual self-disclosure has focused on general aspects of sexuality including topics such as AIDS/HIV and sexual orientation. Little research has focused on self-disclosure of sexual topics relating to one's own sexuality, such as masturbation and beliefs and attitudes regarding sexual morality. Also, the existing research has not explored self-disclosure in friendships, rather it has concentrated on young adult and adolescent romantic relationships. The current study explores differences among college male (N = 48) and college female (N = 132) participants' responses to an eight item survey, the Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale (Herold & Way, 1988). Each respondent completed the survey three times, once considering disclosure to a best female friend, once considering disclosure to a best male friend, and once considering disclosure to an intimate partner. Cross tabulations using t-tests determined significant correlations for sex differences.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Chapman, Erin N.; Little, Lynda B.; and Wells, Joel W.
"Sexual Self-Disclosure and Friendships and Intimate Relationships,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/7