Date of Award

8-2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Diamond

Second Advisor

Dr. David Hartmann

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Wienir

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This study is an exploration to determine if segmentation of self-disclosures exists in male same-sex friendships. Using data from 10 semi-structured interviews with male graduate students and professors from a large Midwest university, I examined the reports of self-disclosure these men have in their same-sex friendships. The participants responded to global and specific questions about specific aspects of the self-disclosure process that occurred in their friendships. Patterns of self-disclosure emerged through content analysis of each interview. Findings indicate that these individuals segment disclosures between their friends. Findings also demonstrate the need for researchers to sum self-disclosure scores to all best friends when claiming how disclosing an individual is to his same-sex friends.

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