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

Owen Hargie, Dennis Tourish, Louise Curtis

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)665-679
    JournalAdolescence
    Volume36
    Issue number144
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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