Determinants of Social Support

  • Rajee Kanagavel


This chapter focuses on the determinants of social support exchange at the relational level, considering geographical distance, media use, and other characteristics of international students and their networks. The chapter begins by discussing the network effect and the flow of support through different media patterns. The final part of the chapter addresses support multiplexity, which is an important feature of a tie. Multiplexity denotes the degree to which two or more kinds of ties concur between the international students and their network members. The provision of different kinds of support help in understanding support multiplexity, which is the overlapping of support dimensions. In the study, if a relationship provides or receives only one form of support, such as emotional support during a break-up, then this is uniplex. If the relationship extends to other forms of support, not confined to emotional support, but beyond from material support to spending leisure time, then this relationship is referred to as multiplex or multistranded.


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  • Rajee Kanagavel
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSingapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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