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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event has been associated with the perception of an internal (personal) causal
attribution rather than one of an external (environmental) origin. In general,
studies have shown that people who think they can intervene and ameliorate the
Finally, perceptions of control may be global or specific, depending on the
degree to which one's behavior is focused. A person may perceive that his or her
behavior will serve to direct a variety of experiences at a level of generality, or it
The perception of choice distinguishes friendship from most family, kin, and work
relationships. No other close relationship except marriage contains such a strong
aura of voluntariness. The perception of voluntariness may give the support ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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