Contingent impression management in sexual disclosure by older adolescents corresponding in cyberspace: The role of gender dyads

Chin-Sheng Wan1, Su-Hsiang Chung2, Wen-Bin Chiou2
1Southern Taiwan University, Taiwan
2National Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Wan, C.-S., Chung, S.-H., & Chiou, W.-B. (2009). Contingent impression management in sexual disclosure by older adolescents corresponding in cyberspace: The role of gender dyads. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 37(8), 1023-1032.

Volume 37 Issue 8 | e1914 | Published: September 2009 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2009.37.8.1023

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The aim of this research was to investigate whether adolescents’ willingness to correspond with cyber friends who had disclosed information about their own sexuality differed by the gender composition of correspondent and discloser dyads. The study involved 192 Taiwanese late adolescents, all of whom reported having had sexual self-disclosure experiences in cyberspace. When males received sexual disclosure from male correspondents and females received sexual disclosure from female correspondents, they were more likely to exchange information as the topics increased in intimacy, revealing a reciprocal strategy in impression management. Regardless of the intimacy of the topic, males showed a high level of willingness to correspond with a female discloser, revealing a liberal strategy of impression management. In contrast, females were less willing to correspond with male disclosers, revealing a conservative strategy of impression management.

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