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Social Support in Couples

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

May 1996 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social support is vital in long-term relationships of couples. This volume provides a rich understanding of this support system.

Following an overview of definitions and conceptualizations of social support, Cutrona explores everyday acts that communicate caring and concern in dyads, discussing such issues as: gender-related differences; the interplay between supportive and destructive interactions; and high stress levels experienced during chronic illness. She also suggests specific techniques for therapists to use when assisting couples who want to increase the quality and frequency of mutual support.

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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