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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Rethinking the Relationship Between Communication and Social Support: An
Introduction TERRANCE L. ALBRECHT MARAB. ADELMAN To think of life
without any supportive relationships is to think of a profoundly isolated and
difficult life ...
The Nature of Supportive Relationships Central to any supportive interaction (
regardless of the type of supporter) is the nature of the relationship between the
provider and receiver. Both persons are engulfed in a relationship where a
If the relationship is seen as inequitable, one person often feels unfairly treated or
exploited, resulting in distress and conflict ... Several studies on support have
found that reciprocity is also a necessary condition for supportive relationships to
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A Theoretical Perspective
Communication Networks as Structures
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