Perceived advantages and disadvantages of secrets disclosure

Aldert Vrij, B. Paterson, Karl Nunkoosing, S. Soukara, A. Oosterwegel

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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003


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