Gender, religion, and adolescent patterns of self-disclosure in the divided society of Northern Ireland

Hargie, Owen, Tourish, Dennis and Curtis, Louise (2001) Gender, religion, and adolescent patterns of self-disclosure in the divided society of Northern Ireland. Adolescence, 36 (144). pp. 665-679. ISSN 0001-8449

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Abstract

Adolescence is a period when levels of self-disclosure are often lowest. While studies have revealed a clear preference for female targets of disclosure, little research has been carried out on the effects of religion upon disclosure. The impact of religion was of importance in this investigation, given that it was conducted in Northern Ireland, where religion affects almost every aspect of social life. The aim was to ascertain the effects of gender and religious affiliation on adolescent disclosure to friends and strangers. Results revealed that while females were significantly higher disclosers than were males, religion per se did not play a key role. This suggests that even in a highly polarized society, gender is the central determinant of disclosure and is even more important than political identity. The implications of these findings are discussed, particularly with regard to the difficulty young males have in terms of revealing personal information.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 06:15
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 06:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68513
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