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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Forging the overlay of a communication perspective on support carries the added
benefit of crisper conceptual distinctions and a broadening of inquiry in the topic
to relational behavior. We argue in Chapter 1 that many of the functions of ...
The communication network research shares a general lack of correspondence
between the conceptual and operational definitions of support. These studies
have used frequency of communication as the primary indicator of
Social support and the cancer patient: Conceptual and methodological issues.
Cancer, 53, 2339-2360. Wortman, C. B., & Dunkel-Schetter, C. (1979).
Interpersonal relationships and cancer. Journal of Social Issues, 35, 120-155.
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