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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Personal relationships can be said to develop as (1) intimacy and emotional
attachment increase, (2) the breadth or variety of interaction increases, (3) the
degree of interdependence or contingency increases, (4) communication codes ...
And as the opportunity for and value of support increases, the development of the
relationship is spurred onward. ... the participants come to interact not only about
increasingly intimate concerns, but also about an increasing variety of ...
Close personal relationships such as friendship develop as (1) intimacy and
emotional attachment increase, (2) the breadth or variety of interaction increases,
(3) the degree of interdependence or mutual contingency increases between the
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