The effects of type of pronouns and hope appeals in supportive messages about COVID-19

Xi Tian*, Youllee Kim, Denise Haunani Solomon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examined the role of pronouns in supportive messages and hope appeals in facilitating people's coping with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Participants included 256 residents of New York State, and they evaluated hypothetical messages about COVID-19. Results showed that when people have a communal orientation to coping, you-language (vs. we-language) supportive messages led to more emotional improvement. The presence (vs. absence) of hope appeals in supportive messages increased communal coping. We discuss the implications of results in promoting emotion- and action-focused coping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-601
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Volume40
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

User-Defined Keywords

  • pronouns
  • social support
  • communal coping
  • hope appeals
  • COVID-19

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