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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While increasing feelings of universality and decreasing feelings of being deviant
and isolated may result from meeting others with similar problems, there is very
little evidence that being 152 CONTEXTS OF SUPPORTIVE COMMUNICATION.
Thus it is particularly important for supervisors to provide a supportive climate for
this meeting (Gibb, 1961), where they enhance their subordinates' feelings of
personal worth and importance (Redding, 1972). Characteristics of this climate ...
graduate nurse who has just lost her first cancer patient, a child, may find that old
unsettled feelings about the meaning of death begin to stir. For these reasons,
Wortman and Lehman (1985) argue that supporters may be less open or may ...
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