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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Overconfident judgments of cause-effect contingencies may motivate people to
persist at tasks despite obvious signs of failure, making uncontrollable outcomes
even more difficult to handle (Wortman, 1976), perhaps causing manic behavior ...
And communication about some issues (such as cancer, death, rape, or grief)
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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