Social Support: Theory, Research and Applications

  • Irwin G. Sarason
  • Barbara R. Sarason

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Theoretical and Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian L. Wilcox, Eric M. Vernberg
      Pages 3-20
    3. Irwin G. Sarason, Barbara R. Sarason
      Pages 39-50
    4. Sheldon Cohen, Robin Mermelstein, Tom Kamarck, Harry M. Hoberman
      Pages 73-94
    5. Robert M. Kaplan
      Pages 95-113
  3. Human Development, Personality and Social Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Paul T. Costa Jr., Alan B. Zonderman, Robert R. McCrae
      Pages 137-154
    3. P. B. Defares, M. Brandjes, C. H. Th. Nass, J. D. van der Ploeg
      Pages 173-186
    4. Barry Wellman, Robert Hiscott
      Pages 205-222
  4. Loneliness and Perceived Support

  5. Stress, Coping and Maladaption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. George W. Brown, Antonia Bifulco
      Pages 349-370
    3. Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik, Sandy Braver
      Pages 371-389
    4. Stevan E. Hobfoll
      Pages 391-414
  6. Helping and the Cost of Caring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Margaret S. Stroebe, Wolfgang Stroebe
      Pages 439-462
    3. Camille B. Wortman, Darrin R. Lehman
      Pages 463-489
    4. Ronald C. Kessler, Jane D. McLeod, Elaine Wethington
      Pages 491-506
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 507-519

About this book


"No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor." Traditional Danish Proverb This bit of Danish folk wisdom expresses an idea underlying much of the current thinking about social support. While the clinical literature has for a long time recognized the deleterious effects of unwholesome social relationships, only more recently has the focus broadened to include the positive side of social interaction, those interpersonal ties that are desired, rewarding, and protective. This book contains theoretical and research contributions by a group of scholars who are charting this side of the social spectrum. Evidence is increasing that maladaptive ways of thinking and behaving occur disproportionately among people with few social supports. Rather than sapping self-reliance, strong ties with others particularly family members seem to encourage it. Reliance on others and self-reliance are not only compatible but complementary to one another. While the mechanism by which an intimate relationship is protective has yet to be worked out, the following factors seem to be involved: intimacy, social integration through shared concerns, reassurance of worth, the opportunity to be nurtured by others, a sense of reliable alliance, and guidance. The major advance that is taking place in the literature on social support is that reliance is being -placed less on anecdotal and clinical evidence and more on empirical inquiry. The chapters of this book reflect this important development and identify the frontiers that are currently being explored.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Irwin G. Sarason
    • 1
  • Barbara R. Sarason
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8761-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5115-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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