Campus Units

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

9-26-2019

Journal or Book Title

Health Communication

DOI

10.1080/10410236.2019.1669128

Abstract

This investigation applies communication privacy management theory (Petronio, 2002) to examine sexual health disclosures from the perspectives of disclosers and confidants. A Qualtrics survey distributed through Amazon Mechanical Turk yielded 161 participants who disclosed sexual health information to a partner and 130 who received a disclosure. Accounts of the conversations were analyzed with content analysis to describe the linkage rules of the disclosures. Motivation to reveal or conceal, risks and benefits, and gender hypotheses and research questions were ascertained using descriptive statistics and tests of difference. Linkage rules for the majority of participants indicate that disclosures are made in a straightforward style before a sexual episode or on the day of diagnosis. Disclosures were perceived to be of above average quality and resulted in increased relational closeness. Tentative results suggest there may be disclosure differences based on privacy orientation. There were no significant differences based on type of diagnosis or gender.

Comments

This accepted article is published as Coffelt, T.A., Ritland,R., LeFebvre, L., Revealing and Receiving Sexual Health Information. Health Communication. 2019. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1669128.Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor and Francis Online

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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