This study suggests that the inconsistent findings from previous research on the relation between self-disclosure and adjustment may be due to the inclusion of items on the Jourard Self-Disclosure Questionnaire (JSDQ) that are confounded with symptoms of poor adjustment or psychopathology. One-hundred-twenty-two cases of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1980) major depression were compared with 197 well controls on the degree to which they reported self-disclosure on a 27-topic version of the JSDQ. JSDQ items were separated into symptom-independent and symptom-dependent subscales on the basis of ratings by clinical experts. Results confirmed the initial hypothesis, demonstrating that well controls were more likely than depressed cases to disclose symptom-independent topics but were not more likely to disclose symptom-dependent topics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of abnormal psychology|
|State||Published - Aug 1 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry