Date

3-28-2006

Document Type

Article

Department

Communication

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Faith Mullen

Primary Subject Area

Education, Language and Literature; Language, General; Speech Communication

Abstract

This paper studies the time period directly following a self-disclosure act. The narrative paradigm theory was utilized in the study of 62 narratives to reveal themes in participants' post-disclosure intrapersonal communication experiences. The narratives revealed four prevalent themes, judgment, fear, relational growth and relief. These themes were then used to validate the existence of post-disclosure dialectics. Postdisclosure dialectics refers to the intrapersonal tensions participants experiences in the post -disclosure time period.

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