The Communicative Microdynamics of Support: Daena J. Goldsmith
T HERE is much to commend in sensitive interaction systems theory (SIST)and in the program of research on which it is based. As their report in thepreceding chapter shows, Barbee and Cunningham have recognized the need to study the conversations in which persons seek and receive support for their problems. They have developed innovative ways to study actual conversations between friends and romantic partners in experimental settings, and they have gone on to replicate their findings with other methods. They have begun to catalog and examine the multiple cognitive, emotional, relational, and social influences that impinge upon supportive interactions. Readers familiar with research in social support and in helping behavior will recognize the significance of these innovations.