Year: 2017 Source: Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. (1983). 239 p. SIEC No: 20170660

A summary of research about the use of family, friends and neighbours as a natural adjunct to professional human services. The book is also full of practical ideas and examples, covering a range of applications which show how social support can be used in preventative programmes, in medical practice, at work, in caring for the elderly, and in the social services. Gottlieb also uses research to show how alterations to organizational structure can transform an unsupportive milieu into one in which social support plays a prominent part.