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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Conventional language forms may be given new meanings that are fully
understood only by the participants themselves. Verbal statements may become
abbreviated, incomplete. Or that which used to be verbally communicated may
The intimacy and breadth dimensions, for example, imply that the value and
variety of supportive resources available to the participants will increase as a
friendship develops. Other dimensions have more complex implications for the
Informal participants were significantly more likely to endorse all four leadership
functions (emotional stimulation, caring, meaning attribution, and executive
functions, see Lieberman et al., 1973) as being descriptive of their behavior, ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
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