publication . Article . Journal . Preprint . 2021

Tears evoke the intention to offer social support: A systematic investigation of the interpersonal effects of emotional crying across 41 countries

Janis H. Zickfeld; Niels van de Ven; Olivia Pich; Thomas W. Schubert; Jana B. Berkessel; José J. Pizarro; Braj Bhushan; Nino Jose Mateo; Sergio Barbosa; Leah Sharman; ...
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jul 2021
Abstract
Tearful crying is a ubiquitous and likely uniquely human phenomenon. Scholars have argued that emotional tears serve an attachment function: Tears are thought to act as a social glue by evoking social support intentions. Initial experimental studies supported this proposition across several methodologies, but these were conducted almost exclusively on participants from North America and Europe, resulting in limited generalizability. This project examined the tears-social support intentions effect and possible mediating and moderating variables in a fully pre-registered study across 7007 participants (24,886 ratings) and 41 countries spanning all populated contin...
Subjects
free text keywords: Attachment, Cross-cultural, Emotional crying, Emotional tears, Social support, emotional crying, emotional tears, attachment, cross-cultural, social support, Llanto, Empatía, Relaciones interpersonales, Emociones y sentimientos, Crying, Empathy, Interpersonal relations, Emotions, Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology, Psychology, Attachment; Cross-cultural; Emotional crying; Emotional tears; Social support
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