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 control ratio influences and is influenced by the family's awareness of the
demands, the definitions, and appraisal of the demands, and the resulting
adjustment/adaptive coping strategies. Finally, the effectiveness of the coping
The most common support strategies used by bartenders were to listen
attentively, to be lighthearted, and to offer sympathy. The authors comment that
these "low-cost strategies" reflect the bartenders' minimal investment of time and
energy as ...
More work is needed on complex message strategies that help recipients clarify
uncertainties, focus attention, and reshape attributions for personal control
perceptions. While simple strategies of advice giving, empathic listening, and the
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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