I have broad interests in interpersonal, family, and health communication. My specialty in
interpersonal processes has also intersected with the scholarship on technologically mediated communication (TMC). Specifically, my program of research aims to understand how parent-child communication affects both parents and children’s individual and relational well-being.
Within my research program, I have focused on the processes and outcomes of challenging conversations (e.g., about substance uses and sexuality) between parents and adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds (Kam, Castro, & Wang, 2015; Kam & Wang, 2015; Kam, Wang, & Harvey, 2014; Wang, in press). In addition, I have investigated the role of communication technologies in interpersonal processes and relational maintenance (Pusateri, Roaché, & Wang, 2015; Wang, Roaché, & Pusateri, under review). In the context of parent-child relationships, my research has concerned parents’ influences on young adults’ communication competence over technologies (Wang, Roaché, & Pusateri, in progress) and how parents and young adults in college used technologies to communicate at a distance (Wang, 2016).
Currently, I am working on my dissertation project that examines how parents provide support to emerging adults both in-person and via technologies. Drawing on the notion of “support gaps” in personal relationships, my dissertation considers the discrepancies between the amount of parental support emerging adults receive and the amount of support they desire from parents (i.e., desire-versus-receive gaps). Analyzing dyadic data, I will assess how parent-reported and child-reported support gaps are associated with parent and child’s subjective well-being and satisfaction with the parent-child relationship.
You will find on this website information about my research and teaching.