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Understanding text-based persuasion and support tactics of concerned significant others.

van Stolk-Cooke K, Hayes M, Baumel A, Muench F - PeerJ (2015)

Bottom Line: The behavior of concerned significant others (CSOs) can have a measurable impact on the health and wellness of individuals attempting to meet behavioral and health goals, and research is needed to better understand the attributes of text-based CSO language when encouraging target significant others (TSOs) to achieve those goals.CSOs generated brief text-based messages for TSOs for three scenarios: (1) to help TSOs achieve the goal, (2) in the event that the TSO is struggling to meet the goal, and (3) in the event that the TSO has given up on meeting the goal.Results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the tone and compassion of messages generated by CSOs, the CSOs' perceptions of TSO motivation, and their expectation of a grateful or annoyed reaction by the TSO to their feedback or support.

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Affiliation: Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., NY , United States ; Current affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System , Great Neck, NY , United States.

ABSTRACT
The behavior of concerned significant others (CSOs) can have a measurable impact on the health and wellness of individuals attempting to meet behavioral and health goals, and research is needed to better understand the attributes of text-based CSO language when encouraging target significant others (TSOs) to achieve those goals. In an effort to inform the development of interventions for CSOs, this study examined the language content of brief text-based messages generated by CSOs to motivate TSOs to achieve a behavioral goal. CSOs generated brief text-based messages for TSOs for three scenarios: (1) to help TSOs achieve the goal, (2) in the event that the TSO is struggling to meet the goal, and (3) in the event that the TSO has given up on meeting the goal. Results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the tone and compassion of messages generated by CSOs, the CSOs' perceptions of TSO motivation, and their expectation of a grateful or annoyed reaction by the TSO to their feedback or support. Results underscore the importance of attending to patterns in language when CSOs communicate with TSOs about goal achievement or failure, and how certain variables in the CSOs' perceptions of their TSOs affect these characteristics.

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fig-1: Tone by messaging scenario.

Mentions: None of the changes in the tone of messages between the three messaging scenarios were found to be significant (see Fig. 1), though there is a trend for positive messages to decrease and negative messages to increase in the event that the TSO has given up their goal.


Understanding text-based persuasion and support tactics of concerned significant others.

van Stolk-Cooke K, Hayes M, Baumel A, Muench F - PeerJ (2015)

Tone by messaging scenario.
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fig-1: Tone by messaging scenario.
Mentions: None of the changes in the tone of messages between the three messaging scenarios were found to be significant (see Fig. 1), though there is a trend for positive messages to decrease and negative messages to increase in the event that the TSO has given up their goal.

Bottom Line: The behavior of concerned significant others (CSOs) can have a measurable impact on the health and wellness of individuals attempting to meet behavioral and health goals, and research is needed to better understand the attributes of text-based CSO language when encouraging target significant others (TSOs) to achieve those goals.CSOs generated brief text-based messages for TSOs for three scenarios: (1) to help TSOs achieve the goal, (2) in the event that the TSO is struggling to meet the goal, and (3) in the event that the TSO has given up on meeting the goal.Results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the tone and compassion of messages generated by CSOs, the CSOs' perceptions of TSO motivation, and their expectation of a grateful or annoyed reaction by the TSO to their feedback or support.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., NY , United States ; Current affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System , Great Neck, NY , United States.

ABSTRACT
The behavior of concerned significant others (CSOs) can have a measurable impact on the health and wellness of individuals attempting to meet behavioral and health goals, and research is needed to better understand the attributes of text-based CSO language when encouraging target significant others (TSOs) to achieve those goals. In an effort to inform the development of interventions for CSOs, this study examined the language content of brief text-based messages generated by CSOs to motivate TSOs to achieve a behavioral goal. CSOs generated brief text-based messages for TSOs for three scenarios: (1) to help TSOs achieve the goal, (2) in the event that the TSO is struggling to meet the goal, and (3) in the event that the TSO has given up on meeting the goal. Results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the tone and compassion of messages generated by CSOs, the CSOs' perceptions of TSO motivation, and their expectation of a grateful or annoyed reaction by the TSO to their feedback or support. Results underscore the importance of attending to patterns in language when CSOs communicate with TSOs about goal achievement or failure, and how certain variables in the CSOs' perceptions of their TSOs affect these characteristics.

No MeSH data available.


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