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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Stressful events that occur while an individual enjoys high support should
produce less distress than if they occur during times without support. However,
others (e.g., Aneshensel & Stone, 1982; Schaefer, 1982; Thoits, 1982, 1983,
1984) argue ...
Hence a crisis is a demand- capability imbalance plus a family instability
phenomenon calling for restructuring or new coping strategies. If a crisis does
occur, the postcrisis equation applies: Postcrisis Equation: aA (pile-up of
stressors) x (bB ...
This category of weak ties refers to contact with unfamiliar others in which self-
disclosure occurs. These people have also been dubbed "strangers on the train"
or "strangers on the plane," although to imply that such relationships occur only ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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