The relationship between perceived interpersonal competence and self-disclosure in an online context: The moderating role of shyness


MISIR S., Demir A. G. , Koydemir S.

International Journal of Psychology, vol.55, no.4, pp.601-608, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ijop.12623
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Psychology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, SportDiscus
  • Page Numbers: pp.601-608
  • Keywords: Computer-mediated communication, Online self-disclosure, Shyness, Interpersonal competence, COMMUNICATION, FACEBOOK, VERSION

Abstract

© 2019 International Union of Psychological ScienceThe purpose of this study is to examine the reported level of self-disclosure in online communication and understand the relationship between perceived interpersonal competence and self-disclosure in an online context, taking into account the moderating role of shyness. The study sample consists of university students (N = 585). Hierarchical multiple linear regression analyses revealed that, controlling for participants' online media use, shyness moderated the relationship between online self-disclosure and perceived interpersonal competence. Moderation results showed that the relationship between online self-disclosure and perceived interpersonal competence was weaker for individuals with higher levels of shyness, and stronger for those with moderate or low scores on the shyness measure. The study's implications and contributions to the existing literature are discussed.