Keeping Secrets : Quantity, Quality and Consequences
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Keeping Secrets deals with the consequences of an elusive yet everyday phenomenon. It addresses both the quantity and quality of secret-keeping. With respect to quantity, it presents research on the intra- and interpersonal consequences of keeping secrets from parents in adolescence. With respect to quality, it presents research that investigates and compares two types of secrets: Secrets that are kept all to oneself and secrets that are shared with at least one confidant. The research presented in this dissertation shows that keeping secrets from parents and keeping secrets all to themselves may have important ramifications for adolescents' sense of worth, their emotions, their behavior, and their relationships with their parents. It also suggests that, contrary to popular belief, not all secrets are harmful. In fact, individuals may benefit from having shared secrets.