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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Studies at the micro level are investigations of the effects of sets of ties on the
individual. ... groups are usually kin and close friends and represent the strongest
structural ties and the closest interpersonal communication in an individual's life.
The generally lower density of the weaker links within the individual's network
facilitates uncertainty reduction and the pursuit of social support in several
interrelated ways. Because weak ties tend to be more or less safely detached
from the ...
Admission by the clergyman or clergy woman of insecurity, loneliness, or
uncertain fears could be professional suicide if it shook the beliefs of followers or
caused them to lose faith in the individual's competence. Knowing this, the
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