The role of disclosure in relationships.


Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Amsterdam Public Health (APH) Research Institute, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [Email]


Self-disclosure happens between people and lies at the heart of almost all relationships. It elicits a dynamic process that shapes and is shaped by, relationships. We review theoretical and empirical milestones in our understanding of how and why disclosure develops, is maintained, and unravels in relationships. We show that people use their and their partners' disclosure to discern relationship quality and negotiate relationship development.

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