Gender effects on social support provision and receipt

KRISTIN D. MICKELSON, VICKI S. HELGESON, ERICA WEINER

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Abstract

This study was conducted to examine the influence of gender on social support provision and receipt using both self‐report and observational methodologies. In response to another person sharing a problem, we predicted that men would be more likely than women to provide advice, and women would be more likely than men to provide emotional support. We also predicted women would be more likely than men to receive emotional support, and men would be more likely than women to receive negative support. Sixty‐one pairs of college students, same‐sex and mixed‐sex dyads, shared a problem with each other. Problem‐sharing transactions were audiotaped and transcribed for content analysis. Opposite‐sex providers offered more emotional support than did same‐sex providers, whereas same‐sex providers listened more than did opposite‐sex providers. No gender differences were found for advice‐giving. Men were more likely than women to receive negative support. These results suggest that gender composition of the dyad has a greater influence on support provision and receipt than provider or recipient gender alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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