A Review and Meta-Analysis of Person-Centered Messages and Social Support Outcomes

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Person-centered messages are a form of social support that has been theoretically and empirically linked to a variety of outcomes. Scholars would benefit by recognizing the influence of person-centered messages across a number of studies in the absence of statistical artifacts. This article reports a meta-analysis testing the association between person-centered messages and social support outcomes across 23 studies. Our results demonstrate a positive linear association between person-centeredness and actual effectiveness, and an even stronger linear relationship between person-centeredness and perceived effectiveness. The association between person-centeredness and support outcomes was attenuated in confederate-based methodologies. Moreover, the data suggest that scholars need to more precisely conceptualize and empirically assess the differences between the nine levels of the person-centered hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-118
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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