Date of Award

Fall 1992

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Turner, Lynn

Second Advisor

Scotton, James

Third Advisor

Franzoi, Stephen

Abstract

This study examines relationships among gender, uncertainty reduction, and communication during the provision of social support. The question of whether the provision of social support will result in a reduction of uncertainty for the provider is considered. In addition, the possibility that perceived helpfulness may substitute for actual provision when considering the likelihood of uncertainty reduction is also considered. The study also questions the role of gender in support provision as well as other factors that intervene in the supportive communication process.

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