Supportive Communication and Well-Being in the Context of Non-Normative Stressors

Friday, 25 February 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Major life stressors, such as the death of a loved one, health illnesses, natural disasters, can have enduring psychological, physical, and behavioural consequences. Social support plays a critical role in promoting health following non-normative stressors. This talk focuses on how
qualities of supportive messages and interactions influence people’s cognitive and emotional responses to adversity.

XI TIAN is Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a communication scientist specializing in interpersonal and health communication. Her research examines the processes of supportive communication that foster psychological and physical health following major life stressors, such as pregnancy loss, the death of a loved one, and health illnesses.

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Organized by Centre for Media and Communication Research, School of Communication and Film