Consistencies in Theoretical and Naive Evaluations of Comforting Messages

Brant R. Burleson, Purdue University
Wendy Samter, Bryant University

Document Type Article

Published by Taylor and Francis in Communication Monographs Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 103-123.

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Assesses the extent to which naive actors' perceptions of comforting strategy correspond with the formal analysis of comforting strategy sophistication embedded in the constructivist hierarchical coding scheme. Concerns that motivate interest in how actors evaluate different comforting strategies; Methodological implications associated with the study; Background on the constructivist hierarchical coding systems.