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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It is the cognitive response that occurs when one does not know how and why
events are occurring. ... The significance of supportive communication that
reduces one's perceptions of uncertainty is that it helps the receiver in developing
Knowledge based on contingency thinking results when one believes that acting
in a certain manner will produce a ... Put another way, perceived control is
essentially the belief that one's communication behavior has produced an effect (
Weak ties also provide contexts in which the individual may experiment with new
behaviors and new identities without the burden of being held accountable by
those one sees more regularly. Finally, because of their relative detachment of ...
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