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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communicate with their contacts frequently, and have a balanced reciprocity of
affective caring and instrumental assistance. In contrast, disturbed populations
such as schizophrenics have smaller networks (8-12 persons) of shorter
... 1982) reciprocity: generally whether there is mutual exchange of affect or
instrumental support (often measured as individual perceptions of the link as
mutual; (see Adelman, 1986; Berkman, 1984; Pattison & Pattison, 1981); also
defined as ...
... support exchanges (availability, reciprocity, amount/frequency) • Informational/
Instrumental messages (availability, reciprocity, amount/frequency) Perceived
and Actual: Strength of Strong6Tie Family Support • Expressive support
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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