Deborah Ballard-Reisch

Deborah Ballard-Reisch
Wichita State University | WSU · Elliott School of Communication

PhD

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Publications (36)
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Social media use is ubiquitous in the United States. Not surprisingly, an academic debate has emerged about whether or not computer-mediated communication facilitates or hurts interpersonal relationships. This exploratory case study adds to the conversation by assessing how Twitter users in the Wichita, Kansas community view the impact of Twitter o...
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This article focuses on unpacking dominant cultural discourses about menopause in the United States and examining their impact on women's personal menopause narratives. Recently, two contrasting menopause discourses have emerged in the U.S.: the medicine-centered discourse and the women-empowerment discourse. While both discourses were reflected in...
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This chapter tells how a college professor and a group of graduate students teamed together to design and implement an event to help feed starving people.
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By its very nature, relationship commitment is generated in the context of a relationship and becomes relational when it is communicated in some way to the other. This study investigated how expressions of commitment and commitment-related perceptions are interdependently connected among romantic partners. The authors derived and tested a dyadic cy...
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The preliminary results of a qualitative analysis of wind energy development in three Kansas counties.
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Falls are a serious health risk for older adults. But for those living in rural and frontier areas of the USA, the risks are higher because of limited access to health care providers and resources. This study employed a community-based participatory research approach to develop a fall prevention toolkit to be used by residents of rural and frontier...
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This article examines the evolution of physician-patient interaction from the traditional paternalistic model to one of participative decision making. I developed a model that advances a structured approach to medical decision making while focusing on the importance of open communication and the negotiation of roles and outcomes between patient and...
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This paper reports on the application of Sharf and Kahler’s (1996) Cultural Sensitivity Model to the experiences of cross-cultural researchers engaged in the conduct of the Tatarstan Women’s Health Survey. In the summer of 2001, a cross-cultural team composed of researchers from Kazan State Medical University, Kazan State University, RO RT OPP Wome...
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Despite the substantial amount of literature focusing on social support for pregnant and parenting adolescents, few studies have directly examined the relationships among stress and social support across their transition to parenting. The present study investigates the nature of the relationship between stress and support both before and after the...
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This study used responses from both spouses to examine the multiple ways in which perceptions of roles and influence were related to marital commitment. Using a dyadic approach, the authors investigated four types of associations—self, cross-spouse, gender, and additive—among perceptions of role and influence quality with reports of marital commitm...
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The success of media based public health initiatives targeted to diverse audiences has shown limited efficacy in changing health behaviors. Additionally the media use strategies of consumers are rapidly changing. Issues of access are critical as some audiences have the capacity through internet, cell phones, and other technological innovations to s...
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This presentation reports on a unique academic/private foundation partnership between the Wichita State University, Elliott School of Communication and the Kansas Health Foundation. In light of the goal of the Kansas Health Foundation to promote the health of all Kansans, an academic/private foundation partnership was formed involving students in a...
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We used data collected from 117 married couples to investigate the interdependent nature of spouses' perceptions of marital satisfaction and commitment and the use of maintenance behaviors. Results using dyadic analysis techniques revealed significant actor and partner effects of spouses' perceptions of satisfaction and commitment with the use of m...
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With home fuel price increases of over 38% in Nevada in the winter of 2005/2006, a potential public health crisis was in the making for at-risk and fixed income citizens including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low income families. As a method of getting information more effectively to consumers, the University of Nevada School of Publ...
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This study explored connections among perceived equity-of-influence levels, use of influence strategies, and satisfaction and commitment in marriage. Data collected from 107 married couples revealed that perceptions of equity of influence were associated with use of influence strategies, as well as perceptions of marital satisfaction and commitment...
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Although a growing amount of research has shown that married couples enact behaviors that maintain or preserve the relationship, little attention has examined how maintenance strategies are used in different types of marriages. This study investigated differences in the use of maintenance behaviors and in perceptions of marital quality across vario...
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The Nevada State Health Division developed a local academic-practice partnership with the University of Nevada Reno's Master of Public Health Program to assess the bioterrorism risk communication, information, response, and training needs of professional and public stakeholder groups throughout Nevada. Between October 16, 2002, and April 13, 2004,...
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Two studies were conducted to investigate the lessons about relationship commitment that people gain from their families of origin. In the first study, participants identified a story from their families of origin that characterized a number of themes about commitment. In the second study, these themes were further refined to reveal eight factors u...
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Cancer management occurs within a system of relationships. Advancing a context based view of client provider communication, we first posit that family is central to client provider communication in cancer management. This premise is followed by three additional premises that emphasize the importance of culture, disease stage and communication style...
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Although the commitment literature has made good progress at explaining why people stay in or leave relationships, much of this literature does not address the daily behavioral aspects of relationship commitment. This article reports the results of two studies undertaken to more systematically investigate the behavioral indicators of commitment. Th...
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In this study we investigate the longitudinal relation between maintenance behaviors and marital satisfaction. Forty married couples completed measures of maintenance behaviors and marital satisfaction at Time 1. The couples again completed the measure of marital satisfaction 1 year later. Analyses revealed that the use of maintenance behaviors at...
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The cultural context in Tatarstan is currently characterized by uncertainty and change. Since perestroika, glasnost, and ultimately the fall of communism, the cultures of the former Soviet Republic have been struggling to regain stability and balance. This has put incredible pressure on families and, especially, the marital relationship. This study...
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Couples use maintenance behaviors to ensure the continuation of valued relationships. In this study, we extended previous research on relational maintenance in marriage by examining the role of both self and cross-spouse associations in the use of maintenance behaviors. Structural equation modeling using data collected from 129 married couples indi...
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This paper presents a study of the use of relationship maintenance behaviors—behaviors that function to preserve ongoing relationships—in marriages of varying durations. Data collected from 143 married couples revealed that the use of maintenance behaviors generally followed a curvilinear pattern in which maintenance behaviors were used most freque...
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Recent research has developed a good understanding of how maintenance behaviors are related to husbands’ and wives’ individual perceptions of marriage. Unfortunately, one of the limitations is that data have been collected from an individual spouse and may be misleading when applied to the relationship as a whole. The purpose of the present study w...
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Models of commitment and marital quality have traditionally focused on outcomes (measures of marital commitment, stability, and satisfaction) rather than the process (interaction dynamics) that leads to the achievement of marital stability. The purpose of this chapter is to present a model of marital commitment grounded in communication. In the mod...
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Social support has been found to reduce adolescents' perceptions of stress and to contribute to greater well-being; however, lacking in much of the research has been the examination of changes in social support in the lives of'adolescents. Examined in this study were changes in adolescent support and stress over a 7-month period. Three-hundred fift...
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The blurring of family and business in family businesses can create tremendous stress for all family members. Scholars have been unsuccessful in applying task-oriented, business-based models to a business in which the boundaries between task and family blur and overlap. This article integrates current research and theory related to family interacti...
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In 1973, Constantinople revolutionized the conceptualization of male and female sex roles when she advanced that masculinity and femininity were not opposite ends of a unidimensional continuum but rather independent constructs. This gave rise to androgyny theory, which advanced that individuals could be both masculine and feminine, and that in fact...
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Rural family counselors, family life educators, and Cooperative Extension agents continue to face the task of helping farm families deal wth the aftermath of the farm crisis. The task is especially difficult when more than one generation is involved. This article presents a model which blends the family and work spheres into an exchange-based model...

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