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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... contact/shared activities Perceived and Actual Network structure (size, density)
Range of direct contacts Anchorage of relationships Availability for support
Frequency of contact/shared activities Perceived and Actual: Network structure (
The greater the shared characteristics of the interacting parties, the greater the
likelihood of access to and use of each other for support (the homophily principle;
see Eggert, 1984). Shared characteristics influencing homophily among ...
Obviously marital and family relationships also engage in activity sharing, but
many of these shared activities are experienced with a sense of obligation rather
than sharing for the joy of the activity alone. Shared leisure activities among
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