Do We Need to Put God Into Emotional Support?: A Comparison of Euro-Americans' and African-Americans' Evaluations of Religious Versus Non-Religious Comforting Messages

Wendy Samter, Bryant University
Christopher Morse, Bryant University
Bryan B. Whaley

Document Type Article

Published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intercultural Communication Research Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 172-191.

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The current study explored whether ethnicity influences young adults’ evaluations of two different sets of comforting messages: those in which concepts such as God, prayer, religion, and faith are woven into low, moderate, and high person-centered strategies (called “religious strategies”) and those in which such concepts are not embedded (called “non-religious strategies”) into the messages.