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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Rather, mutual uncertainty is reduced to acceptable levels. The degree to which
uncertainty is tolerated is based on such factors as situational exigence,
background, and experience. As they note: By means of several iterations or
cycles of ...
The reduction of uncertainty about self and circumstances is a pronounced theme
in appraisal support and informational support and the reduction of uncertainty
about one's relationship is gained through emotional support. It is not surprising ...
Most theories of relationship development recognize the centrality of uncertainty
reduction processes either explicitly or implicitly. As Parks and Adelman (1983, p.
56) point out, "No theory presumes that interpersonal relationships can develop ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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