The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the competence-incompetence variable as it relates to the discloser and to the message itself in the selfdisclosure transaction. The first question of interest was whether a negative feeling disclosure would result in greater attraction than would a negative behavior (failure) disclosure. The other main question of interest was whether a negative disclosure from a perceived competent source would result in increased attraction, while the same disclosure from a perceived incompetent source would result in decreased attraction.
Stevick, Richard A., "The effect of incompetence in self-disclosure on interpersonal attraction" (1979). Educator Scholarship. 29.