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ERIC Number: EJ927928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-0360-3989
Underlying Circuits of Social Support for Bullied Victims: An Appraisal-Based Perspective on Supportive Communication and Postbullying Adjustment
Matsunaga, Masaki
Human Communication Research, v37 n2 p174-206 Apr 2011
This study examined the working mechanisms of social support for victims of bullying. Structural equation modeling analyses based on retrospective survey data (N = 448) revealed that the effects of supportive messages varied distinctively, depending on the content of the messages; emotional and esteem support enhanced, but network support impeded, positive reappraisal (the effects of informational support were not significant). Except for that which was related to network support, discrepancy between desired and received support was associated with less positive appraisal. Finally, positive appraisal was found to enhance victims' postbullying adjustment both behaviorally and psychologically. These findings are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical implications with reference to the literature on social support and coping of bullied victims.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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