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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In short, the volume's theme centers on the manner in which human
interdependence, especially during times of adversity, paradoxically fosters or
augments independence, mastery, and a sense of personal agency. The
scholarship that ...
Without reaching out to build such ties, an individual may develop a sense of
isolation and alienation from life. ... By becoming entwined in helping networks,
the individuals may come to revitalize and reaffirm their sense of belonging —
Fostering a sense of community. The concept of "community" is an unusually
elusive one. It has been the ideological vehicle for those who wish to reject the
present either by longing for a safer, simpler time or by dreaming of future
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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