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Expressions of support between partners may be more commonplace than heroic, but their cumulative effects on the growth of trust, enduring love, and commitment can be considerable--even lifesaving in the face of otherwise overwhelming tragedy. Skillfully weaving together the latest research with engaging case examples and practical applications, author Carolyn E. Cutrona offers an in-depth analysis of how committed partners can serve as resources for each other in stressful scenarios. Beginning with a fresh overview of definitions and concepts, Social Support in Couples articulates the vital components of intimate support systems. This informative volume explores the phenomenon of marital communication through real-life interactions, focusing on gender-related differences, the interplay between supportive and destructive interactions, and stress experienced during chronic/disabling illness. In a concluding chapter, a research agenda for future study opens the topic up to additional serious consideration. A reader-friendly examination of the power of supportive acts, Social Support in Couples is recommended for a wide readership, including academics, practitioners, and students in family studies, social psychology, social work, and marriage and family counseling.

What is Social Support and What Makes You Think You Have it?
What is social support and what makes you think you have it?

Sue works 40 hours a week in an office job and attends night school, where she is carrying a heavy bad of graduate courses. She hopes to complete the course work for her masters in business administration in another 18 months. Sue has been married to Ron for 12 years. They have two daughters, age 8 and 10.

“By the end of the day, I'm totally exhausted,” says Sue. “1 don't know how I'd survive if it weren't for Ron. A couple of times, I've thought of dropping out of the master's program—it's really high-powered and they try to jam so much information ...

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