Theorizing about social support and health communication in a prostate cancer support group

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Abstract

This article inquires into whether and how uncertainty reduction theory and problematic integration theory, two theories relevant to social support as enacted within a chapter of the Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group, inform us of how such groups can assist group members most effectively. Interview data from members of a prostate cancer support group shed light on theoretical assumptions about uncertainty. Although the group applies elements of both theories, prostate cancer survivors likely would benefit from a more comprehensive and flexible treatment of social support theory.

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  • Communication theory
  • Man-to-Man
  • Problematic integration theory
  • Prostate cancer
  • Uncertainty reduction theory

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  • Michael Irvin Arrington

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