Research and Publications

My research revolves around the role of communication occurring within interpersonal and family relationships during and following times of transition or distress including expected, unplanned, and/or non-normative life events. I am interested in how individuals manage and navigate their lives during these times and how relationships are integrated and affected during this process.

Some recent publications include: 

Mikucki-Enyart, S. L., Petitte, S., & Wilder. S. E. (2018). Relational uncertainty management in adult children of divorce. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46, 469-490.

Wilder, S. E. (2016). Predicting adjustment to divorce from social support and relational quality in multiple relationships. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 57, 553-572.

Carr, K. & Wilder, S. E. (2016). Attachment style and the risks of seeking social support: Variations between friends and siblings. Southern Communication Journal, 81, 316-329.

Wilder, S. E. (2016). Communication practices and advice in later-life widowhood: “We just talked about what it is like to not have your buddy.” Communication Studies, 67, 111-126,