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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But it has been increasingly apparent that there are dilemmas in some supportive
relationships that may diminish many positive effects that could be obtained (see
Adelman, 1986; Chesler & Barbarin, 1984; McLeroy, DeVellis, DeVellis, ...
... children suffering from cancer reported hard-hitting emotional impacts from
hearing of the diagnosis, resulting in exhaustion from helping and listening to the
parents, sometimes continuing over a period of years (Chesler & Barbarin, 1984).
... one sees that many of these problems are best addressed relation- ally and not
at an individual/psychological level. Providers and recipients are acutely aware
of their own needs and distress as well as one another's difficulties (Chesler ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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