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 drive of this model (and the point of our discussion in Chapter 1) is that
communication involves the mutual influence of partners in interactions. At issue,
then, in the study of social support networks should be the range of mutual effects
Selected Overview of Empirical Research Over the past decade it has become
more common for organizational researchers from various disciplines to study the
effects of support on job stress. While much of this research has not explicitly ...
The dynamics of the relationship should be contrasted with the effects on the
individual. Explication of supportive messages. There should be continued
emphasis on the interplay between verbal and nonverbal messages of support.
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A Theoretical Perspective
Communication Networks as Structures
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