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Gender, Religion, and Adolescent Patterns of Self-Disclosure in the Divided Society of Northern Ireland

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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. [Journal article]

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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:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict & Equality
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:7520
Deposited By:Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:21 Jan 2010 10:07
Last Modified:25 Mar 2015 15:12

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