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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While we refer the reader to the extensive commentary on the buffering versus
main effects discussion, we raise it here as an example of the theory-
methodology interdependence and what it has meant for the etiological
assessment of support ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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