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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Support Dimension Lin (1986b) operationalized and confirmed two dimensions
of support: that is, expressive and instrumental, while Brown (1986a) tested
House's (1981) conceptualization, finding a global (unidi- mensional) rather than
Social Network Dimension The social aspect of family support means access to
and use of family network support sources. This definition is consistent with social
resource theory and network perspectives (Cobb & Jones, 1984; Gottlieb, 1981; ...
Cognitive Dimension Knowledge of host language Knowledge of nonverbal cues
Knowledge of cultural values Other cultural knowledge Affective Dimension
Motivational coorientation Emotional/aesthetic coorientation Attitude toward the
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A Theoretical Perspective
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