Communicating Social Support

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1987-08-01
Publisher(s): Sage Pubns
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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.

Table of Contents

Rethinking the Relationship Between Communication and Social Support
An Introduction
Theoretical and Methodological Foundations
Communicating Social Support
A Theoretical Perspective
Communication Networks as Structures of Social Support
Measurement Issues in the Study of Support
Contexts of Supportive Communication
Support in Family Ties
Stress, Coping and Adaptation
Supporting Friends in Need
Beyond Close Relationships
Support in Weak Ties
Social Support in Self-Help Groups
The Role of Communication in Enabling Perceptions of Control
Supportive Relationships and Occupational Stress in the Workplace
Facilitating Immigrant Adaption
Ethnic Support Systems
The Diffusion of Supportive Information
Dilemmas, Applications and New Directions for Research
Dilemmas of Supportive Communication
Intervention Strategies for Building Support
New Directions for Communication Research
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