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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The more global the perception, the wider the span of direction perceived for
obtaining desirable outcomes. In the example of the student, should he or she
perform well, supportive statements might reinforce more general attributions
such as ...
They can redirect the assigned causes for failure toward external, unstable, and
specific sources (e.g., those that are outside, temporary, and highly specified).4
Hence, one avoids taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes that will ...
TABLE 4.5 Uncertainty Reduction as an Explanatory Framework: Predicting
Outcomes of Family Support Expressive Support-Personal/Family Control
Reduced Uncertainty and Family Intimacy/Affection and Commitment Knowledge
that one is ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
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