The role of disclosure in relationships

Yayouk E. Willems, Catrin Finkenauer, P. Kerkhof

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Self-disclosure happens between people and lies at the heart of almost all relationships. It elicits a dynamic process that shapes and is shaped by, relationships. We review theoretical and empirical milestones in our understanding of how and why disclosure develops, is maintained, and unravels in relationships. We show that people use their and their partners’ disclosure to discern relationship quality and negotiate relationship development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in psychology
Early online date21 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


Y.E. Willems is supported by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappen ( NWO , Research Talent, 406-15-132 ). C. Finkenauer is supported by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013, Grant No. 602768 ) and Dynamics of Youth (Utrecht University). Y.E. Willems, C. Finkenauer, & P. Kerkhof report no financial interest or potential conflicts of interest. This work was supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, Research Talent Fund, 406-15-132), the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013, Grant No. 602768) and Dynamics of Youth (Utrecht University).

FundersFunder number
European Union Seventh Framework Program
Universiteit Utrecht
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek406-15-132
Seventh Framework Programme
Aard- en Levenswetenschappen, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


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