Perceived advantages and disadvantages of secrets disclosure

Aldert Vrij, Beth Paterson, Karl Nunkoosing, Stavroula Soukara, Annerieke Oosterwegel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In the present study, 106 college students filled out a questionnaire investigating personality (preferred attachment style), being secretive and perceived advantages and disadvantages of secrets disclosure. The study revealed that participants did not only perceive advantages of secrets disclosure (dominant view in most previous research) but also disadvantages, and that the perception of both advantages and disadvantages were important to predict secrecy. Moreover, the study revealed that secrecy was related to people's preferred attachment style. Being secretive was positively correlated with avoidant and anxious-ambivalent attachment styles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-602
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003

Keywords

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Attachment style
  • Secrets keeping

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Perceived advantages and disadvantages of secrets disclosure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this