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As a verb, furnishing funds or means for maintenance; to maintain; to provide for; to enable to continue; to carry on. To provide a means of livelihood. To vindicate, to maintain, to defend, to uphold with aid or countenance.

As a noun, that which furnishes a livelihood; a source or means of living; subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, or living.

Support includes all sources of living that enable a person to live in a degree of comfort suitable and befitting her station in life. Support encompasses housing, food, clothing, health, nursing, and medical needs, along with adequate recreation expenses. Most states impose a legal duty on an individual to support his or her spouse and children.


Child Support.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

SUPPORT. The right of support is an easement which one man, either by contract or prescription, enjoys, to rest the joists or timbers of his house upon the wall of an adjoining building, owned by another person. 3 Kent, Com. 435. Vide Lois des Bat. part. 1, c. 3, s. a. 1, Sec. T; Party wall.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The entire sibling support experience strengthened my internal voice and my external voice in being able to speak about my brother.
In the present analysis, paternal or sibling support and support from an extra-familial individual did not uniquely contribute to the severity of PTSD symptoms in teenagers reporting sexual abuse.
The final definition of the SibQol concept should enhance development of sibling support programs.
But sibling rivalry turned to sibling support as the youngest one gave copies of her keys to the others.
Overall, these findings provide support for theories that have integrated contextual factors, such as sibling support, parental support, and university composition, and that show how these variables contribute to young adults' career decision making and development.
The current study is an examination of how support from siblings relates to academic competence in early adolescence, with a focus on the compensatory effects of sibling support. Participants were 694 African-American, European-American, and Hispanic-American students, ranging in age from 11 to 15.
A sibling support group will be facilitated by school psychologist Stephanie Smith during the parent meeting.
In addition, graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling should perhaps include more coursework related to sibling support and its possible role in increased quality of life for persons with disabilities.
This finding is consistent with earlier research on sibling support which found that sisters are only slightly more likely than brothers to provide social support (Connidis, 1989; Horwitz, 1993; Horwitz, Tessler, Fisher, & Gamache, 1992).
Some also offer other services such as photography, childbirth education, sibling support, etc.
Now, Tilly, who still attends the Sibling Support Group at Acorns, has been named a Child of Courage at this year's Pride of Birmingham awards.
There are also sibling support roles on offer for the over 18s, which involves running activities for the siblings of children in the hospice.