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. An Expanded Definition of Supportive
Communication A Communication Theory Perspective on Social Support Our
three-point framework described above is grounded in the understanding that
in the literature. Support providers directly reduce uncertainty and enhance
control by reframing a recipient's cognitive perspective, improving the recipient's
skill levels, offering tangible assistance, and expressing acceptance or
64) This model is relevant to our discussion of the development of social support
networks because of the inherent dual-level perspective. Given that networks are
the macro-level manifestations of dyadic-level interactions (Mehan, 1978), ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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