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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Density. A final important characteristic of support networks has been density (
also termed integration— the interconnectedness among a set of ties). The term
density is analogous to a web of ties that enmesh the focal individual in helpful
Low-density networks are functional for facilitating cultural assimilation, and role
transitions for those undergoing life change. Garrison (1978) found that low-
density networks facilitated cross- cultural adaptation. In comparison, women
Finally, a particularly poignant application of the density concept is the analysis of
the concealment and protection of the Danish Jews from the Nazis during World
War II (see Yahil, 1969). Network terms were not used in the historical account, ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
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