Providing Support to Friends Experiencing a Sexual Health Uncertainty
Journal of Applied Communication Research
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Emerging adults provide support to friends experiencing sexual health uncertainties; however, the support provided varies. Because of the centrality of friendships during emerging adulthood, identifying what shapes the support friends provide one another is necessary. A survey of 424 emerging adults indicated that, at least from the support provider’s perspective, expected outcomes, efficacy assessments, and sexual health expertise shape the support they provide friends, supporting the theory of motivated information management’s propositions. However, expertise moderated the effects of coping and target efficacy in unexpected ways, suggesting a conditional process when providing blame, fault, and distraction support. Results, as a whole, support yet complicate the theory of motivated information management’s explanation for the support or information provider due to expertise and emphasize the need for complete sexual health education for young people.
Uncertainty; Sexual Health; Support; Emerging Adults
Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences
McManus, T. G.
Providing Support to Friends Experiencing a Sexual Health Uncertainty.
Journal of Applied Communication Research, 48(4),