Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Planning for Secret Disclosure: Applying Berger's Planning Theory to the Disclosure of Secrets
Author:   Sarah Rae Meadows Craiger
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   Communication Studies, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Susan Gilpin
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/07/2010

This research examined the strategies used for secret disclosure with Berger's Planning Theory's (1997) hierarchy principle, which orders plans according to complexity. Afifi and Steuber's (2009) Strategies for Sharing Secrets Scale categorizes secret disclosure strategies that vary in complexity. Based on Planning Theory's hierarchy principle, it was hypothesized that when a plan to disclose a secret is thwarted, individuals will move from a less complex disclosure strategy to a more complex disclosure strategy. Findings revealed correlations between strategy complexity and order of strategy choice were low; the null hypothesis was accepted.  

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