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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In order to delineate the support functions of close friendship we begin by
comparing close friendships with other close relationships such as those with
family and kin. Second, we set close friendships within the broader context
provided by ...
For example, people often view other types of close relationships as if they were
friendships (e.g., "She's my cousin, but mostly she's my friend" or "My wife is my
best friend"). People frequently count kin among their close friends. Conversely ...
Divorce, like the death of a family member, directly eliminates close potential
supporters (e.g., Rands, 1981). Other crises simply reduce the amount of support
available across the close network (e.g., Eckenrode & Gore, 1981). Still other life
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