Date of Award
MS Experimental Psychology
Susan Teague, Ph.D.
Paige Fisher, Ph.D.
Marianne Lloyd, Ph.D.
dyadic interaction, acquaintance dyads, self-disclosure, Fast Friends Procedure
The Fast Friends (FF) procedure was developed to generate feelings of closeness in the laboratory through escalating, mutual self-disclosure by partners (Aron, Melinant, Aron, Vallone, & Bator, 1997). Research indicates that, in addition to generating feelings of closeness, self-disclosure can also benefit mood. This study examined not only the total, but also the relative amount of self-disclosure between dyad partners in the FF vs. control condition. It was found that while participants in FF engaged in more self-disclosure overall, disclosure within FF dyads was not equitable. Contrary to prediction, the FF procedure did not generate more positive feelings than the control condition. Results are discussed in terms of social penetration and information process theories. Recommendations for further investigation are considered.
Shearer, Chloe, "More Than Just Talking: The Role of Self-Disclosure in the Fast Friends Procedure" (2017). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2420.