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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Rather, mutual uncertainty is reduced to acceptable levels. ... be the range of
mutual effects on both providers and recipients, and the ways that together they
reduce uncertainty and construct meaning together in order to exchange support.
Most theories of relationship development recognize the centrality of uncertainty
reduction processes either explicitly or implicitly. As Parks and Adelman (1983, p.
56) point out, "No theory presumes that interpersonal relationships can develop ...
What does appear evident is that supportive relationships help workers cope with
uncertainty and reduce job stress. The development of these relationships is
partly a function of uncertainty reduction, as well as the nature of the job and the ...
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