Factors that predict married partners' disclosures about infertility to social network members

Keli Ryan Steuber, Denise Haunani Solomon

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Abstract

This study draws upon the revelation risk model and the disclosure decision-making model to deduce hypotheses linking perceived stigma, communication efficacy, and relational closeness to married partners' tendencies to disclose information about their infertility experiences to members of the couple's social network. Data from 50 couples reporting on disclosures to a total of 250 social network members were analyzed using multilevel modeling. Results indicated that aspects of stigma, communication efficacy, and closeness impact infertility-related disclosures. The discussion highlights how the application of these theories sheds light on the multiple factors that influence the extent to which husbands and wives engage their social network when coping with infertility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-270
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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