This study, conducted in Israel, investigated the effect of group counseling/therapy on self-disclosure in a close friendship of preadolescent boys and girls. A short monologue to a close friend was recorded and analyzed before and after the intervention and compared to a control group. Results indicated gender differences: The adjusted post scores for girls were higher than those for boys both in quality and quantity of self-disclosure. Moreover, the group by gender effect suggests that experimental girls gained more than boys from the experience in their ability to share more meaningful and private information; boys actually adjusted their level of disclosure to that of the control boys. Finally, experimental boys and girls adjusted their levels of quantity of disclosure, whereas control boys and girls grew apart, in this respect. The results are discussed in the context of gender subcultures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology