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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In a study of men recovering from myocardial infarctions Croog et al. (1972)
found that friends were considered as important as close kin for moral support.
They added that friends may often give more support than some types of family
Although friends appear to play all of the same support roles they played prior to
old age (Antonucci & Kahn, 1983), they may also serve some roles more or serve
distinctive roles. Friends, for example, may play a greater role in supporting ...
Disruptions in friendship patterns particularly affect widowed men who depended
upon their spouse for social involvement and who now find themselves in a
social environment with few other single men their age (Blau, 1961; Booth, 1972;
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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