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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As Eckenrode and Gore (1981) note, context needs to be a consideration in
interpretation of support given that the surrounding frame gives meaning to the
encounter (see Part II in this volume). The trade-off of precise description is that ...
Weak ties also provide contexts in which the individual may experiment with new
behaviors and new identities without the ... In fact the influence of the physical
context may be so profound that interaction becomes difficult when weak ties are
... and that those who share a stressful context will be perceived as more helpful
than those who do not share the context (p ... reliance of immigrants on fellow
immigrants for social support 200 CONTEXTS OF SUPPORTIVE
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