The Constitutive Relationship of Social Communication Competence to Self-Compassion and Hope

Laura R. Umphrey, John C. Sherblom

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Abstract

Communication is constitutive—in theory. In research, however, communication is often treated as an outcome, influenced by personal attributes. The present research examines social communication competence as a constitutive influence predicting self-compassion and hope. Path analysis results support this hypothesis. Results show that social communication expressivity (β =.14), sensitivity (β = –.32), and control (β =.20) predict self-compassion. Social communication sensitivity (β =.26) and control (β =.27) affect hope agency, and social communication control (β =.29) predicts hope pathways thinking. These results provide evidence of the constitutive nature of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Constitutive
  • Hope
  • Self-Compassion
  • Social Communication Competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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