Explaining Gender Differences in Responses to Supportive Messages: Two Tests of a Dual-Process Approach

@article{Burleson2009ExplainingGD,
  title={Explaining Gender Differences in Responses to Supportive Messages: Two Tests of a Dual-Process Approach},
  author={B. R. Burleson and Lisa K. Hanasono and G. Bodie and Amanda J. Holmstrom and Jessica J. Rack and Jennifer Gill Rosier and Jennifer D. McCullough},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  year={2009},
  volume={61},
  pages={265-280}
}
We propose a comprehensive explanation for gender differences in responses to supportive communication grounded in a dual-process theory of communication outcomes. Two studies confirmed consistent gender differences in responses by US college students to supportive communication and assessed the mediating effects of an ability factor (cognitive complexity) and two motivational factors (expressive and instrumental orientations) on situation elaboration and message evaluation. Study 1 focused on… Expand
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