© 1996

Handbook of Social Support and the Family

  • Gregory R. Pierce
  • Barbara R. Sarason
  • Irwin G. Sarason

Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Research on Social Support and the Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gregory R. Pierce, Barbara R. Sarason, Irwin G. Sarason, Helene J. Joseph, Ciarda A. Henderson
      Pages 3-23
    3. Penny L. Yee, Kristine E. Santoro, Jennifer S. Paul, Lisa B. Rosenbaum
      Pages 25-42
    4. Steven R. H. Beach, Frank D. Fincham, Jennifer Katz, Thomas N. Bradbury
      Pages 43-65
    5. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Sheree Marshall
      Pages 67-79
  3. The Role of Social Support in Family Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Brant R. Burleson, Adrianne W. Kunkel
      Pages 105-140
    3. Helen M. Coble, Diana L. Gantt, Brent Mallinckrodt
      Pages 141-172
    4. Carolyn E. Cutrona
      Pages 173-194
    5. Gordon Parker, Gemma L. Gladstone
      Pages 195-218
    6. Karen S. Rook, Tonya L. Schuster
      Pages 219-248
    7. Richard M. Ryan, Jessica A. Solky
      Pages 249-267
    8. Ronald L. Simons, Christine Johnson
      Pages 269-287
    9. Christine Timko, Rudolf H. Moos
      Pages 289-310
  4. Stress, Clinical Problems, and Support Needs for Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Inge Bretherton, Reghan Walsh, Molly Lependorf
      Pages 345-373
    3. Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Lynda M. Sagrestano, Pamela Feldman, Christine Killingsworth
      Pages 375-412

About this book


While insights sometimes are slow in coming, they often seem obvious when they finally arrive. This handbook is an outcome of the insight that the topics of social support and the family are very closely linked. Obvious as this might seem, the fact remains that the literatures dealing with social support and the family have been deceptively separate and distinct. For example, work on social support began in the 1970s with the accumulation of evidence that social ties and social integration play important roles in health and personal adjustment. Even though family members are often the key social supporters of individuals, relatively little re­ search of social support was targeted on family interactions as a path to specifying supporter processes. It is now recognized that one of the most important features of the family is its role in providing the individual with a source of support and acceptance. Fortunately, in recen t years, the distinctness and separateness of the fields of social support and the family have blurred. This handbook provides the first collation and integration of social support and family research. This integration calls for specifying processes (such as the cognitions associated with poor support availability and unrewarding faIllily constellations) and factors (such as cultural differences in family life and support provision) that are pertinent to integration.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory R. Pierce
    • 1
  • Barbara R. Sarason
    • 2
  • Irwin G. Sarason
    • 2
  1. 1.Hamilton CollegeClintonUSA
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Social Support and the Family
  • Editors Gregory R. Pierce
    I.G. Sarason
  • Series Title The Springer Series on Stress and Coping
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45232-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-1390-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-1388-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 573
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Personality and Social Psychology
    Social Sciences, general
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