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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While recognizing the natural limits of private and governmental agencies is
surely one reason for focusing greater attention on weak links, there are also
other compelling reasons for our concern with weak links. Beginning the chapter
with a ...
Strong and weak links can also be distinguished by the manner in which
uncertainty is reduced. Uncertainty is reduced in close relationships by extensive
exchanges of personal information, similarities, and interaction with the other
Thus, as Shapiro (1983) points out, communication with weak ties allows
individuals to seek social support for issues that are simply too threatening to ...
The perception of belonging to a community is aided in at least two ways by weak
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