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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One has centered on the effects of available intra- and extraorganizational
sources of support to worker health and job satisfaction. The issue of direct
versus moderating effects of support on stress has been the emphasis of most of
Three broad sources of health information contribute to the models of illness that
patients construct: intrapersonal, interpersonal, and mass media sources.
Intrapersonal Sources Intrapersonal sources of health information consist of all
Other interpersonal sources of information as support are those individuals seen
on a regular basis but who are only ... or weak links.1 These sources have been
called "community gatekeepers" or "urban agents" and might include teachers, ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
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