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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Meaning does not reside in the messages exchanged but in the perceptual
processes of each participant. ... Supportive messages are conveyed using
verbal and nonverbal channels (i.e. , a supporter may tell a recipient that she will
do well ...
The Nature of Supportive Interactions Functions and Types of Supportive
Messages What makes a message supportive? What kinds of communication
behaviors are interpreted as supportive by receivers? Several categories of
The extent to which this changes as reflected in supportive transactions with
others could then be analyzed. ... levels: (1) the nature of supportive messages
exchanged between interactants and the type of relationship that exists between
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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