Look who's talking: Measuring self-disclosure in MFT

Steven M. Harris, Charette A. Dersch, Mona Mittal

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While self-disclosure plays a prominent role in the development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship, most marriage and family therapy clinical research fails to include measures of self-disclosure. A factor analysis of Chelune's (1976) Self Disclosure Situations Survey (SDSS) reduces the number of items in this measure from 20 to six. Researchers are encouraged to consider conducting clinical research with specific attention to the construct of self-disclosure. The revised SDSS could easily be added as part of the self-report information collected in clinical studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-415
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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Funding Information:
Steven M. Harris, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University, Box 41162, Lubbock, TX 79409-1162; e-mail: sharris@ttu.edu. Charette A. Dersch, MS, and Mona Mittal, MSW, are doctoral students in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University. *The authors acknowledge the support of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University and the Faculty Development grant (No. 0096-44-0535) that supported this project.


  • Clinical research
  • Family therapy
  • Self-disclosure


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