Support Gaps Surrounding Conversations about Coping with Relational Transgressions

Joshua R. Pederson, Andrew C. High, Rachel M. McLaren

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Abstract

This study investigated the existence and outcomes of support gaps between perceptions of desired and received support surrounding conversations about coping with a relational transgression. Support gaps were measured immediately surrounding an interaction between 50 transgressed individuals and a third-party personal network member. Participants generally desired more support than they received across all types of support considered in this study. Findings show surpluses in esteem support were associated with less anger and dejection stemming from the transgression, whereas surpluses in emotional support corresponded with less motivation to avoid the transgressor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-226
Number of pages23
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2020

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication

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