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Social Support

  • By: Daena J. Goldsmith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

Social support encompasses a family of related concepts developed to explain why involvement in personal relationships is good for health and well-being. The term came into use in the mid-1970s to explain the wide-ranging empirical evidence that social relationships protect our ...

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