Communicating social support
Sage Publications, Jul 1, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 317 pages
Albrecht and Adelman address theoretical and methodological issues for understanding the social support process in everyday life. They contend that social support is inextricably linked to communication behaviour and that the logical and empirical link between the two is long overdue.
They present a theoretical overview (including strategies for measuring social support), examine support in specific settings and consider the dilemmas of supportive communication. They also discuss future directions for research and practice.
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The two research projects cited above again have provided the most information
concerning how self-help groups function based on observers' perceptions. Both
Antze (1979) and Sherman (1979) have identified peer ideologies that are ...
In studying AA, Recovery Inc. , and Synanon, Antze (1979, pp. 304- 305)
concluded: We have seen that each of the organizations considered here
achieves its effects by counteracting certain key attitudes that typify its client
group. Thus, AA ...
... control of the story, and is voluntarily telling it, then the self-attributions that are
made in public can become a strong form of self-persuasion; especially if the
story is affirmed by other members in the group (Antze, 1979, makes a similar
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