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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Essentially networks are seen as structured channels for information that function
to deter mental illness and deviant behavior in the community (Hammer, 1981).
Thus the model is consistent with our theme of communicative influence; social ...
The subject is argued to be the most reliable source for determining helpfulness (
as opposed to the researcher who may observe a behavior and label it as an
instance of support or nonsupport, Bruhn & Phillips, 1984; House, 1981) .
... 1975) focus on the extent to which interactants can predict one another's
behaviors, feelings, attitudes, and so on. ... the other's behavior, attitudes, values,
preferences, and responses, how well one understood the partner's behaviors,
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A Theoretical Perspective
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