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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Self-help groups in particular can provide researchers with an opportunity to
observe social support processes. ... epilepsy make epilepsy self- help groups a
particularly relevant context within which to study how communication can
Rather we will argue that in epilepsy self-help groups members provide each
other with the opportunities, stories, and sets of behaviors in order to increase
their perceived control over their physical and social conditions. Based on the
was put together, pilot tested with 27 Chicago group members, and then
distributed nationally to epilepsy self-help group members and other people who
had epilepsy. In total, 357 questionnaires were returned. 1 Approximately two-
thirds of ...
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