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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... relationship(s) Anchorage (duration and complexity) of relationship Availability
for routine and crisis support Frequency of contact/shared activities Perceived
and Actual Network structure (size, density) Range of direct contacts Anchorage
Activity sharing. Argyle and Henderson (1985, p. 84) observe that "above all we
need friends to do things with, especially leisure activities, going out, and having
fun." Obviously marital and family relationships also engage in activity sharing, ...
Elaboration of communication activities over time. We need to uncover detailed
and specific communication activities within the personal networks of immigrants.
In addition to simply measuring the overall characteristics of relational ties, we ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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