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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Studies at the micro level are investigations of the effects of sets of ties on the
individual. (For a discussion of whether these effects are direct or buffering of
stress and pathology, see Chapters 3 and 8.) For example, individual difference ...
The issue of direct versus moderating effects of support on stress has been the
emphasis of most of these studies.2 The second line of research has examined
the relationship of one's accessibility to support to job stress and burnout. Most of
Several limitations of the studies discussed above should be noted. First, there is
a lack of guiding theoretic frameworks for this body of research (LaRocco et al.,
1980; Thoits, 1982). Second, conceptual definitions of social support are vague ...
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