The authors wish to thank Eugene H. Lombard, Frederick B. Meeker, Edward J. Panzer, and Richard A. Staneski.
Perceptions of self-disclosers: Effects of sex and physical attractiveness1
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 190–205, June 1980
How to Cite
Kleinke, C. L. and Kahn, M. L. (1980), Perceptions of self-disclosers: Effects of sex and physical attractiveness. Journal of Personality, 48: 190–205. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1980.tb00827.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received September 25, 1978; revised September 26, 1979.
Five experiments were conducted to study perceptions of self-disclosure by attractive and unattractive males and females. Results showed that highly disclosing females were preferred over females with medium or low self-disclosure when their self-disclosure was about a parental suicide or about sexual attitudes. Highly disclosing females were evaluated less favorably than females with medium self-disclosure when their self-disclosure was about aggressive feelings of competitiveness. Highly disclosing males were evaluated less favorably than males with medium and low self-disclosure on all disclosure topics. Disclosers with high physical attractiveness were evaluated more favorably than disclosers with low physical attractiveness, but there was considerable variation among subject populations.