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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There is also a chapter on the design of interventions aimed to optimize
supportive communications, containing important ideas about the impact of the
language used by social agencies to label their services and market them. This
The basic theoretical frame and key methodological issues are presented in Part
I. These chapters lay the foundation for later discussions of the contexts of social
support presented in Part II. We discuss in Chapter 1 the functions of support ...
In other words, the message is often interpreted to be supportive or
nonsupportive, depending on the state of the relationship one has with the
source of the message (the content and relational notions of messages described
in Chapter 1).
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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