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Table 1 Types of Social Support

From: The miscarriage circle of care: towards leveraging online spaces for social support

Support type Examples
Informational Suggestions/advice: to suggest actions and provide guidance
Referral: referring to another source of information
Teaching: to explain facts or teach skills needed
Emotional Empathy: to feel sorrow or empathy
Understanding: to understand the situation of the participants
Esteem Validation: to express agreement with participants perspective on the situation
Compliment: positive comments about participants
Network Access: to provide access to peers
Friendship: request to make connections or offer to talk
Peer: to be reminded of the availability of existing peers
Tangible Gift: to give participants something
Direct tasks: to perform a task directly for participants