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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Drawing from uncertainty reduction theory, the more extensive communication is
between partners, the more likely the relationship will develop and endure (
Berger & Bradac, 1982; Berger & Calabrese, 1975; Parks & Adelman, ...
Based on the uncertainty reduction theory, they hypothesized that individuals are
likely to seek support from those with whom they perceive less relational
uncertainty, and that those who share a stressful context will be perceived as
Acculturation: Theory, models and some new findings. Washington ... Relational
communication: Theory and research. ... Communication networks and the
development of romantic relationships: An expansion of uncertainty reduction
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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