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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The process and function of support described in Chapter 1 occurs within these
structures of communication. In this chapter we will describe the conceptual
nature of support networks, review a representative sample of the research, and ...
The types of network variables used to study support at each level are shown in
Table 2.1. (See also the ... Studies of support networks at the dyadic level are
focused on structural characteristics of individual links between persons.
These are helpful because the boundaries of the networks are extended outward
for a fuller view (Hammer, 1983). Critical Properties of Support Networks Our
review of network properties (see Table 2. 1 and Appendix) includes many more
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A Theoretical Perspective
Communication Networks as Structures
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