Predicting Comforting Quality in the Context of Miscarriage

Erina L. MacGeorge, Kristi Wilkum

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The current study examines influences on the quality of comforting messages directed at parents bereaved by miscarriage. College students (N = 182) wrote comforting messages for a hypothetical older sibling distressed by a miscarriage at three different times subsequent to the loss and completed measures assessing experience with pregnancy loss and cognitive complexity. Results showed that support providers' experience with pregnancy loss, gender, and cognitive complexity, along with time since the loss, predicted comforting quality. Findings are discussed with respect to implications for theory and application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-74
Number of pages13
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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