Generativity and Spiritual Disclosure in Close Relationships

Gina M. Brelsford, Stephanie Marinelli, Joseph W. Ciarrochi, Gabriel S. Dy-Liacco

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This exploratory study examines the link between generativity and an interpersonal aspect of religion and spirituality, spiritual disclosure, in close relationships. Three hundred seventy-eight adults aged 18 to 85 years were asked about their use of spiritual disclosure with close friends, views on their own generativity, questions related to personality characteristics, and level of general self-disclosure. This community sample's reports on higher levels of spiritual disclosure were tied to higher levels of generativity and general self-disclosure. Spiritual disclosure also predicted unique variance in generativity beyond general self-disclosure, personality, and intrapersonal aspects of religion and spirituality. These findings suggest spiritual disclosure in close relationships is an important part of the religious/spiritual landscape, which merits further study in relation to generativity and other prosocial indices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-161
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology of Religion and Spirituality
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Applied Psychology


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