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Contextual Variation in the Affective Consequences of Social Support Receipt

Poster Session IX - Board: IX-100
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Christopher T. Burke
Lehigh University

Research suggests that receiving social support can increase distress. I propose that support receipt may have both relational and personal consequences, depending on the context. A daily diary study of 291 couples demonstrates that the affective consequences of support vary systematically with the salience of the major self-relevant stressor.

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Walter Mischel