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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However, related to the above concern is the failure of many researchers to sort
out differences between types of support (House & Kahn, 1985). Results of
several studies have shown clear distinctions between tangible and emotional
Confidentiality and emotional support. A major theme in the social support
literature on friendship is the provision of emotional support, intimate confiding,
and felt attachment (e.g. , Allan, 1983; Argyle & Henderson, 1985; Bankoff, 1981;
It is best understood as a social and cognitive label given to relationships that are
characterized by relative voluntariness, perceived equality, the give and take of
assistance, sharing activities, confidentiality, and emotional support. While the ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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