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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Personal relationships can be said to develop as (1) intimacy and emotional
attachment increase, (2) the breadth or variety of interaction increases, (3) the
degree of interdependence or contingency increases, (4) communication codes ...
As a relationship develops, the opportunities to provide the more intimate forms
of social support such as emotional support increase and the participants place
greater value on the support they receive. And as the opportunity for and value of
Close personal relationships such as friendship develop as (1) intimacy and
emotional attachment increase, (2) the breadth or variety of interaction increases,
(3) the degree of interdependence or mutual contingency increases between the
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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