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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (1): 171-180.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00171

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Culture Differences and Sexual Self-Disclosure


  1. Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 3334 Anoai Place, Honolulu, HI 9682201418, USA
  • Received:2012-12-06 Online:2014-01-15 Published:2014-01-15
  • Contact: Dr. Elaine Hatfield


Sexual self-disclosure is one of the most intimate forms of self-disclosure. It is the degree to which a member of a romantic dyad discloses sexual aspects to his or her partner. Surprisingly, there is little research on this type of disclosure, compared to the voluminous research on other topics in self-disclosure. This is particularly surprising since past literature has found that sexual self-disclosure is correlated with people’s sexual satisfaction. Past research has not looked into whether culture shapes people’s willingness to engage in sexual self-disclosure. In different cultures, people should sexually disclose to different levels and with different content. Current theories on the influence of culture on self-disclosure provide possible directions for studying the interplay between sexual self-disclosure and culture differences.