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. (For a discussion of whether these effects are direct or buffering of
stress and pathology, see Chapters 3 and 8.) For example, individual difference ...
Appendix: Summary of Definitions for Major Network Properties Individual-Level
Constructs network role: usually defined as liaison, bridge, group member, or
isolate; terms are used to indicate the extent to which individual has extensive ...
helpful to practitioners for deciding whether an individual's network held
capabilities for instrumental support, and a potential for help from second-order
linkages (people indirectly connected to the focal individual through a network
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A Theoretical Perspective
Communication Networks as Structures
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