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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Individuals attach referents to the symbols they exchange (e.g., the words they
hear and the nonverbal behaviors they see) in order to create meaning. To the
extent interactants have similar referents for the symbols they exchange,
meaning is ...
While strong ties interact about a wide variety of topics and exchange a wide
variety of resources, the interaction of weak ties is usually restricted to fewer
topics and a narrow range of resources. Weak ties are "noninterpersonal" in the
Incremental exchange theory: A formal model for progression in dyadic social
interaction. In L. Berkowitz & E. Walster (Eds.), Advances in experimental social
psychology (Vol. 9, pp. 191-229). New York: Academic Press. Huston, T. L. (1982
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