TitleSharing personal information in relationships
NameMagsamen-Conrad, Kate (author), Greene, Kathryn (chair), Theiss, Jennifer (internal member), Yanovitzky, Itzhak (internal member), Derlega, Valerian (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
SubjectCommunication, Information and Library Studies,
Interpersonal relations ,
DescriptionMany models, theories, and frameworks of information management (e.g., privacy, disclosure, secrets) incorporate the concept of anticipated response to sharing information. These models, however, do not consistently conceptualize or operationalize anticipated response. This dissertation project consisted of two studies. The first study explored the conceptualization of anticipated response and developed measurement. The second study continued to validate the anticipated response measures created and tested how information, relationship, and response attributes predict anticipated response. Measured variables included anticipated response (emotional reaction, avoidance, reciprocity, and support: emotional, informational, and instrumental), anticipated outcome (discloser-, receiver-, relationship-, and other relationship- oriented), relational evaluation (overall relational quality, relational love, relationship uncertainty), information assessment (information valence, stigma, identity threat), efficacy (general communication efficacy, disclosure efficacy), self-concealment, responsiveness (anticipated responsiveness, prior responsiveness: receiver to discloser, receiver to others, and others to the information), and likelihood of disclosure. Results supported the dimensional structure, validity, and reliability of the anticipated response measure created (the Disclosure Anticipated Response Scale – DARS). The studies additionally verified the utility of information, relationship, and response attributes in predicting anticipated response to disclosure of personal/private information. The dissertation also discusses findings, implications, limitations, and directions for future research. The conceptual and operational clarity of the concept of anticipated response presented in this dissertation will augment existing information management models and contribute to future work in this area.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Kate Magsamen-Conrad
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.