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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tion or sense-making of messages is based on judgments of the type of
relationship in which they occur. In other words, the message is often interpreted
to be supportive or nonsupportive, depending on the state of the relationship one
tion, we can draw on this rapidly expanding literature to identify the major
dimensions of relationship development and to explore their implications for the
process of social support. What does it mean to say that a relationship has "
tion for another are also valuable resources for the provider. These are costly for
the provider if depleted, resulting in emotional exhaustion and relational strain.
Individuals possess a "fund of sociability" that can be drained if the demand for ...
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