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Health Commun. 2003;15(2):227-34.

Impersonal, interpersonal, and hyperpersonal social support: cancer and older adults.

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Department of Communication, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469, USA. James.Robinson@notes.udayton.edu

Abstract

Although cancer occurs throughout the life span, many of the most frequently occurring types of cancer increase as we grow older. In fact, only cardiovascular disease accounts for more deaths in adults 65 years of age and older. One of the ways that cancer patients cope or adapt to their illness is through socially supportive communicative interactions and relationships. Cutrona and Russell (1990) argued that social support is multidimensional and suggested that social support is most effective when the support needs of the individual are consistent with the type of social support being offered by the support provider. From the communicative perspective, the notion of optimal matching between the types of social support desired and the type of social support offered is extended to include the type of relationship between the communicants. In addition, it is argued that computer-mediated social support can be superior to face-to-face social support. This article attempts to identify some of the conditions under which this is true.

PMID:
12742773
DOI:
10.1207/S15327027HC1502_10
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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