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• i 17 Social Support:
Theory & Practice
10/9/2012 10/9/2012 What is Social Support?
A multi-faceted concept that includes the ways
in which individual well-being and coping
with stressors are enhanced by involvement in
social networks, the perceived availability of
help and acceptance by others, and/or the
exchange of tangible and symbolic support in
interactions between people.
• Stress/stressor: • Three major forms:
– Life events
– Chronic strains
– Daily hassles
• Stressors motivate attempts to cope with behavioral demands and
• When stressors accumulate, ability to cope may be exceeded,
leading to disease, distress.
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22 • Four major traditions in social support research
– Sociological Tradition
– Cognitive Tradition
– Interpersonal Process Tradition
– The Intervention Tradition Theoretical Traditions
. t r o p p u s f o s r e i v o r p y r a m i r p d e h t e m o c e b _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , o o h t l u a d . t r o p p u s f e l d o s r e i v i d o r p m y B • d y r a m i r p d e h t e m o c e _ b _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , 6 ) 1 e g a ( e a r h g t 0 1 y B • d . h c u m s a t s j u y l e _ r e _ l _ p _ o _ e _ _ p _ g _ n _ u _ o _ y , _ _ ) _ _ 1 3 _ e _ g a _ _ ( _ _ e a _ r _ _ _ h g t n o 7 y • B d . o t k o t o r o l p n e p u r s l i f h o c e t c s r u o o m , s e 0 ) l o 1 s e r g i a e h ( t s e a d _ a r _ h g _ t _ 4 _ h _ g _ u _ o r r h i e t h t • U p d 10/9/2012 10/9/2012 Sociological Tradition
• Relationship between social ties and psychological
• Work in this tradition linked social network/relations to
outcomes such as suicide, social disorganization, mental
health, and behavioral problems. • Social Integration:
• Social network participation as measured by diversity of
relationships one participated in.
• Involvement in a range of social activities or social
relationships appears more important to health outcomes
than does number of people in one’s network....
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