How Gender and Cognitive Complexity Influence the Provision of Emotional Support: A Study of Indirect Effects

Wendy Samter, Bryant University

Document Type Article

Published by Western States Communication Association in Communication Reports Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 5-16.

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The current study examined the extent to which cognitive complexity--a well known predictor of message behavior--mediated sex differences in the production of person-centered comforting messages. Two hundred and eight students (102 men and 106 women) representing a variety of majors at a large midwestern university participated in the study.