The Constitutive Relationship of Social Communication Competence to Self-Compassion and Hope

Laura Umphrey, John C. Sherblom

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Communication is constitutive—in theory. In research, however, communication is often treated as an outcome, influenced by personal attributes. The present research examines social communication competence as a constitutive influence predicting self-compassion and hope. Path analysis results support this hypothesis. Results show that social communication expressivity (β = .14), sensitivity (β = –.32), and control (β = .20) predict self-compassion. Social communication sensitivity (β = .26) and control (β = .27) affect hope agency, and social communication control (β = .29) predicts hope pathways thinking. These results provide evidence of the constitutive nature of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalCommunication Research Reports
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 21 2017



  • Constitutive
  • Hope
  • Self-Compassion
  • Social Communication Competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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