Communication Reports

Journal publishing original manuscripts that are short, data/text-based, and related to the broadly defined field of human communication.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, Winter

Explaining Sex Differences in Interaction Goals in Support Situations: Some Mediating Effects of Expressivity and Instrumentality
The current study examined the extent to which personality orientations such as expressiveness and instrumentality mediate the effects of sex on goal orientations in support situations. Participants (N = 184; 89 males and 95 females) completed a questionnaire...
Explaining Sex Differences in the Evaluation of Comforting Messages: The Mediating Role of Interaction Goals
The current study hypothesized that sex differences in evaluations of comforting messages could be accounted for in terms of the extent to which people indicated they would pursue affectively oriented versus instrumentally oriented goals in support...
How Gender and Cognitive Complexity Influence the Provision of Emotional Support: A Study of Indirect Effects
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)...
Introduction to the Special Issue: Psychological Mediators of Sex Differences in Emotional Support
Emotional support is a central feature of personal relationships. Considerable research has documented reliable (if not always large) sex differences in several features of emotional support communication. Thus far, however, little research has been...
Psychological Mediators of Sex Differences in Emotional Support: A Reflection on the Mosaic
* The papers in this issue begin to answer some questions about factors that help to explain sex differences in emotional support processes. More important than the tentative answers these papers provide are the enduring questions they pose. In particular,...
Sex, Communication Values, and Cultural Values: Individualism-Collectivism as a Mediator of Sex Differences in Communication Values in Two Cultures
In an effort to understand how socialization shapes value orientations, the current study examined the mediating role of individualism-collectivism on the connection between sex and communication values in two cultures, American and Chinese. Participants...
Sex Differences in the Provision of Skillful Emotional Support: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy
This study focuses on associations between sex, self-efficacy in the domain of emotional support, and the skillfulness (person centeredness) of emotional support messages. In particular, it examines whether self-efficacy mediates the effect of sex...