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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tion, we can draw on this rapidly expanding literature to identify the major
dimensions of relationship development and to explore their implications for the
process of social support. What does it mean to say that a relationship has "
Some of these dimensions have rather straightforward implications for the
support process. The intimacy and breadth dimensions, for example, imply that
the value and variety of supportive resources available to the participants will
Dimensions of Host Communication Competence The immigrant's host
communication competence can be viewed as consisting of three interrelated
dimensions: cognitive, affective, and behavioral (Gudykunst & Kim, 1984; Kim,
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