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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For example, in their classic analysis, Kahn, Wolfe, Quinn, Snoek, and Rosenthal
(1964) measured work role stress in terms of role ambiguity and role uncertainty.
Recently, Mishel (1984b, 1985) reported acceptable validity for her uncertainty ...
... Taylor, 1973; Levinger & Snoek, 1972). As a relationship develops, the
participants typically disclose more personal information, express more positive
and negative feelings, and express praise and criticism more openly (Altaian &
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supports of the elderly: Family/ friends/professionals. Final report to the National
Institute on Aging. Kahn, R. L., Wolfe, D. M., Quinn, R. P., Snoek, J. D., &
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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