Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Friendship serves a variety of functions throughout development and can buffer the effects of negative experiences through self-disclosure, the communication of emotions. Participants were 140 adolescents (51% male, M =12.95 years old) that completed surveys examining the buffering of negative life events, global self-worth, and relationships with their best friend in a correlational design. It was hypothesized that buffered feelings from negative experiences would mediate the relationship between self-disclosure and global self-worth, particularly for girls. Findings indicated levels of self-disclosure and buffered feelings from negative experiences were not associated with increased global self-worth. Gender differences were found between ratings of friendship and buffered feelings of different types of negative experiences, favoring girls. In addition, the overall model of self-disclosure and buffering of negative experiences together affected global self-worth for boys. Challenges in measurement of buffered feelings from negative experiences and global self-worth are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 2 2016
Smith, Nicholaas David W. and Medvin, Mandy B.
"The role of self-disclosure in buffering negative feelings within adolescent friendships,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 21:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol21/iss2/3