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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In order to delineate the support functions of close friendship we begin by
comparing close friendships with other close relationships such as those with
family and kin. Second, we set close friendships within the broader context
provided by ...
Friendship is also a slippery concept because it is both a type of relationship and
a quality that people attribute to other types of relationships. For example, people
often view other types of close relationships as if they were friendships (e.g., ...
In one recent study of friendship development, for instance, Eggert and Parks (in
press) found strong positive correlations among measures of liking, love, intimacy
, perceived similarity, satisfaction with communication, and the expectation that ...
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