Communicating social support
Sage Publications, 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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In studying AA, Recovery Inc. , and Synanon, Antze (1979, pp. 304- 305)
concluded: We have seen that each of the organizations considered here
achieves its effects by counteracting certain key attitudes that typify its client
group. Thus, AA ...
In Antze's terms (1979) this was the group's core ideology. It was through sharing
a wide range of stories that members generated for themselves a coping
narrative for their own lives. Our analysis of how narrative communication
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In Antze's terms, this instrumental task is counteracting a set of physiological,
psychological, and social conditions experienced by some people with epilepsy
that can lead to learned helplessness (Abramson, Garber, & Seligman, 1980).
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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