Synopses & Reviews
To be known and to know others are essential aspects of social interaction. Disclosing personal information and perceiving it in others are all aspects of an individual's experience. Many problems at the forefront of our times--such as divorce, AIDS, rape, and child abuse--challenge our understanding of what should and should not be told. This timely volume presents the most recent developments in the analysis of disclosure processes. It brings together issues as diverse as loneliness, moral development, family therapy, and child abuse into a substantive whole that will prove an invaluable contribution to the field.
"...apt to be as successful as its predecessors [in the Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development series] in heralding a new era in the developmental study of interpersonal relationships. This volume is accessible and engaging to those new to the study of disclosure processes and social relationships, and at the same time providing a provocative tour de force for scholars engaged in research on these topics. The work goes beyond a comprehensive review of classic and current research and theory, advancing an inclusive perspective on processes and variations in self-disclosure during childhood and adolescence. A luminary cast of contributors....identifies nascent issues and ascending investigations likely to dominate the discussion of self-disclosure well into the next century." Brett Laursen and Margaret Ferreira, Journal of Adolescence
Disclosure Processes in Children and Adolescents brings together recent research on this little-tapped field.
To be known, and to know others, is critical to all social relationships. This topic of 'disclosure processes' not only pertains to people's disclosure of daily thoughts and emotions, but to their disclosure of many controversial problems in contemporary society, such as divorce, AIDS and sexual abuse. The bulk of research has focused on disclosure processes in adults and relatively little attention has been given to that phenomena in children and adolescents. The collection of chapters in this book redresses the balance by systematically examining disclosure processes in children and adolescents.
This timely volume presents developments in the analysis of disclosure processes. It brings together issues as diverse as loneliness, moral development and child abuse into a substantive whole which will prove a mighty contribution to the field.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; 1. Disclosure processes: an introduction Ken J. Rotenburg; 2. Patterns and functions of self-disclosure during childhood and adolescence Duane Buhrmester and Karen Prager; 3. Intimacy and self-disclosure in friendships Thomas J. Berndt and Nancy A. Hanna; 4. Self-disclosure and the sibling relationship: what did Romulus tell Remus? Nina Howe, Jasmin Aquan-Assee and William M. Bukowski; 5. Lonely preadolescents' disclosure to familiar peers and related social perceptions Ken J. Rotenburg and Mona Holowatuik; 6. Children's disclosure of vicariously induced emotions Nancy Eisenberg and Richard A. Fabes; 7. Moral development and children's differential disclosure to adults versus peers Ken J. Rotenberg; 8. Parental influences on children's willingness to disclose Beverly I. Fagot, Karen Luks and Jovonna Poe; 9. Disclosure processes: issues for child sexual abuse victims Kay Bussey and Elizabeth J. Grimbeek; 10. Self-disclosure in adolescents: a family systems perspective H. Russell Searight, Susan L. Thomas, Christopher M. Manley and Timothy U. Ketterson; Author index; subject index.