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Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 4 p.529 ~ p.552
Effects of Self-disclosure and Empathic Responding on Intimacy of Newly Married Couples
Lee Mi-Young

Kwon Jung-Hye
Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of self-disclosure and empathic responding on emotional intimacy in sharing daily events that are unrelated with one's spouse on the basis of Reis and Shaver's Interpersonal Process Model of Intimacy.

Methods: For this goal, the Mitchell et al(2008)'s empirical approach towards Reis's model was employed as a research model. In this study, data were collected on 40 newly married couples for three years or less and examined the effect of observational ratings of disclosure and empathic responding on intimacy.

Results: For men's positive event, men's disclosure had significant effects on men's own speaker intimacy and women's listener intimacy. For women's positive event, women's disclosure had significant effects on women's own speaker intimacy and men's empathic responding had significant effects on women's speaker intimacy and men's own listener intimacy. For a men's negative event, men's disclosure and women's empathic responding did not had significant effects on men's speaker intimacy and women's listener intimacy. For a women's negative event, men's empathic responding had significant effects on women's speaker intimacy.

Conclusions: These results indicate that process of marital intimacy differ by gender and the type of the shared event.
KEYWORD
intimacy, self-disclosure, empathic responding, positive event, negative event
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