Symbolic Providers Help People Regulate Affect Relationally: Implications for Social Support Theory
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Relational Regulation Theory (Lakey & Orehek, 2011; PsychRev) predicts that the link between perceived support and affect reflects ordinary conversation rather than troubles talk. Symbolic providers (e.g., celebrities) mimic these processes. In two studies, findings for perceived support were identical when recipients rated symbolic and real providers.
Association for Psychological Science Annual Meeting
Lakey, Brian and Cooper, Corey, "Symbolic Providers Help People Regulate Affect Relationally: Implications for Social Support Theory" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 374.