Body language, Confidential communications, Reliability, Self disclosure, Therapist and patient
This study attempted to clarify to what degree assurances of confidentiality and interviewer behavior protective of confidentiality impacted an interviewee’s trust of an interviewer and subsequent willingness to self-disclose. Ninety-six undergraduates were asked interview questions. Male and female subjects were divided into four conditions: confidentiality statement/protective behavior, confidentiality statement/nonprotective behavior, neutral statement/protective behavior, and neutral statement/nonprotective behavior. The Intended Self-Disclosure Questionnaire and Counselor Rating Form were used to measure self-disclosure and trustworthiness levels. Results did not support the main hypothesis that protective behavior would have a more significant impact on self-disclosure and trustworthiness than verbal assurances of confidentiality. However, assurances of confidentiality did lead to significantly higher trust levels. Responses to a post-questionnaire revealed over reporting of confidentiality instructions. Implications for therapy and future research are discussed.
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McGuire, John M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Jordan, Randall G., "Interviewer Trustworthiness and Intended Self-Disclosure as a Function of Verbal and Nonverbal Assurances of Confidentiality" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4787.