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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The term personal network refers to an individual 's social network that consists of
close, supportive, relational ties with significant others. This network generally
includes family, relatives, and close friends who provide the individual with social
The network heterogeneity generally refers to the degree that nonethnic
members of the host society are included in an immigrant 's personal network. It
has been observed by identifying the size and the ratio of relational ties with
Also, as noted by Alba (1976), we do not know if an immigrant 's personal
network includes others from many different backgrounds, or if they may all be
from one group, so long as it is different from the immigrant 's ethnic group.
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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