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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First, we wanted to know what group members said about how their groups
functioned. Given that social support is a cognitive variable, asking group
members about the social support process in their groups seemed like a good
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 ...
The kind of information that was shared in the groups can be seen from our
analysis of the Chicago group's meetings. ... The frequency of the issues raised
by group members indicated both what difficulties the members were
experiencing and ...
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