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Social Support in Couples
Marriage as a Resource in Times of Stress



April 1996 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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?
 
Gender Related Differences in Social Support and Coping
 
Giving and Taking Support
A Complicated Process  
 
The Interplay between Conflict and Social Support
Do Positive Behaviors Really Matter?  
 
In Sickness and in Health
When One Partner Has a Serious Illness  
 
Social Support Therapy with Couples
 
Future Research Directions

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