Satisfaction With Social Support During Crisis. Intimacy and Self-Esteem as Critical Determinants

Stevan E. Hobfoll*, Arie Nadler, Joseph Leiberman

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Abstract

Satisfaction with social support was studied longitudinally in a group of 113 Israeli women following the outcome of both normal and medically complicated pregnancies. Greater intimacy with spouse and with friends were found to be related to greater satisfaction with support received during this crisis period. Intimate ties contributed to satisfaction with support independent of self-esteem, social network parameters, and type of pregnancy outcome. Social network parameters and pregnancy outcome were not found to be related to satisfaction with support. Among women low in self-esteem, greater intimacy with family was found to be related to lower satisfaction with support if the women lacked intimate ties with spouse or a friend. The findings were discussed in light of clinical and social psychological theories regarding reaction to aid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-304
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1986

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