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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Offering sympathy is not supportive communication unless relational and/or
content messages (Watzlawick, Beavin, & Jackson, 1967) reduce the recipient's
situational uncertainty to manage better the problems at hand. Clearly the logical
It has been observed by identifying the size and the ratio of relational ties with
outgroup members to the total number of ties in the immigrant's personal network.
For example, Yum (1982), in her study of Korean immigrants in Hawaii,
Elaboration of communication activities over time. We need to uncover detailed
and specific communication activities within the personal networks of immigrants.
In addition to simply measuring the overall characteristics of relational ties, we ...
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