The Secret to Secrecy: Development of a Novel Measure to Assess Secrecy and Investigate Its Sociodemographic and Psychological Correlates
dr. R.E.R. van der Hallen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Secrecy, the intentional concealment of personal information from others, is common and universal. Nevertheless, very little is known about the who, what, and why of secret keeping and how it impacts our quality of life. This project aims to expand current theoretical and empirical evidence on secrecy by (1) conducting a bottom-up investigation of what “secrecy” entails, (2) developing a self-report instrument to measure secrecy, and (3) investigating the socio-demographic and psychological correlates of secrecy. This project will provide novel insights into secrecy as a complex phenomenon, individual differences, and the role of secrecy in everyday life.