Received Support from Friends about Sex-Related Concerns: A Multiple Goals Perspective

Tara G. McManus, Alysa A. Lucas

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Abstract

Informed by research on friends’ sex-related talk, received support, and the multiple goals perspective, this study examined how college students’ interaction goals explained the support received from friends when talking about sex-related concerns. An online survey of 139 college students indicated instrumental, identity, and relational goals helped and hindered receiving nurturant, informational, and tangible support from friends, suggesting goals should not be studied in isolation. Results also evidenced the importance of having a combination of goal types to maximize received support from friends when talking about sex-related concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Reports
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2018

Keywords

  • Friendship
  • Multiple Goals Perspective
  • Received Support
  • Sex Talk

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