chapter  13
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A Synthesis and Extension of Constructivist Comforting Research

From the late 1970s constructivist theory proposed analyzing messages and relationships based on the cognitive trait of cognitive complexity as a predictor of various message features and outcomes (Littlejohn, 1989). This chapter provides a synthesis of some the available research and the test of a causal model consistent with the predictions of this theory. The goal of this chapter is to take the existing data consistent with the theory and combine the data to conduct a test of the underlying tenets.