The Emotional Self- Disclosure Scale (ESDS)

Author of Tool: 

Snell, W. E., Jr., Miller, R. S., & Belk, S. S.

Key references: 

Snell, W. E., Jr., Miller, R. S., Belk, S. S., Garcia-Falconi, R., & Hernandez-Sanchez, J. E. (1989).  Men's and women's emotional disclosures: The impact of disclosure recipient, culture, and the masculine role.  Sex Roles, 21, 467-486.
 
Snell, W. E., Jr., Miller, R. S., & Belk, S. S. (1988).  Development of the Emotional Self-Disclosure Scale. Sex Roles, 18, 59-74.

Primary use / Purpose: 

This scale facilitates the investigation of people's tendancy to be open and revealing about their emotions, both positive and negative.

Background: 

People vary in how willingly and how often they discuss their emotional experiences with others. Research indicates that men and women sometimes diverge in their disclosure tendencies, usually in response to unique characteristics associated with the topic and recipient of the disclosure.The Emotional Self-Disclosure Survey (ESDS) consists of 40 topics concerned with the types of feelings and emotions that people experience at one time or another in their life. This survey is concened with the extent to which you have discussed these feelings and emotions with your counselor.

Psychometrics: 

For psychometric details of scale, see Snell, W. E., Jr., Miller, R. S., Belk, S. S., Garcia-Falconi, R., & Hernandez-Sanchez, J. E. (1989).  Men's and women's emotional disclosures: The impact of disclosure recipient, culture, and the masculine role.  Sex Roles, 21, 467-486.

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