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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Terrance L. Albrecht, Mara B. Adelman. report scales targeted for individuals. Self
-report assessments are used on the grounds that the support that counts is the
behavior perceived by the subject as supportive. The subject is argued to be the
... and so on Community Network Form: Friendship involvement Coworker
involvement Neighborhood involvement Other nonkin involvement Perceived
and Actual: Range of "confiding" relationship(s) Anchorage (duration and
complexity) of ...
... networks Perceived and Actual: Range of "Confiding" Relationship(s) •
Expressive support exchanges (availability, reciprocity, amount/frequency) •
Informational/Instrumental messages (availability, reciprocity, amount/frequency)
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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