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Chapter 8: Social Support, Family Caregiving and End of Life

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Ashley Archiopoli

on 21 February 2018

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Transcript of Chapter 8: Social Support, Family Caregiving and End of Life

Social Support
Defined as direct or indirect communicative acts that provide assistance to another in a time of need
Buffer hypothesis posits that social support is needed most when facing difficult life moments
Research indicates that social support is correlated to better health outcomes
This is a two-step process:
Problem-solving the act of changing what can be changed
Emotional adjustment the act of adapting to what cannot be changed

This concept represents the back-and-forth an individual might feel between competing feelings
i.e. expressing emotion and worrying others
Instrumental support--through tasks for favors
Information support--sharing of helpful background, tips, similar experiences
Esteem support--boost felt social value
Emotional support--understanding the other's feelings
Support groups--comprised of individuals dealing with a similar circumstance e.g. Al-Anon
Types of Social Support
Disappearing friends
Hurtful jokes
Providing too much support
Oversupport, overhelping, overemphasizing

Pitfalls of Social Support
This can be a difficult topic to discuss
Western medicine is designed to delay death as long as possible
Individuals choose different ways to die
Extreme measures
Hospice care
Surrounded by loved ones
Some choose death with dignity
End-of-Life Experiences
These are orders that one puts in place in the event they are not able to communicate their wishes themselves
A majority of individuals in the U.S. do not have these orders
Advance-Care Directives
Chapter 8: Social Support, Family Caregiving and End of Life
Prezi supplement to duPré (2017)
Emotional adjustment includes adjusting to one's sense of control in the situation

Internal versus external locus of control
The power of touch
Meet Brittany Maynard
How do you feel about this death with dignity act?
Find more information on this here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CompassionChoices
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