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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The basic theoretical frame and key methodological issues are presented in Part
I. These chapters lay the foundation for later discussions of the contexts of social
support presented in Part II. We discuss in Chapter 1 the functions of support ...
64) This model is relevant to our discussion of the development of social support
networks because of the inherent dual-level perspective. Given that networks are
the macro-level manifestations of dyadic -level interactions (Mehan, 1978), ...
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Collective (BWHBC) was both a model and a motivator for others. It began in a
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