Areas of Expertise (8)
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (Structural Equation Modeling, Confirmatory Factor Analysis)
How Attitudes Toward Technology Shape its Use
Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Using Technology
Family Communication Patterns
Outstanding Mentor Award
Master’s Education Division of the National Communication Association
Article of the Year Award
Journal of Family Communication
Early Career Award
Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association
Outstanding New Teacher Award
Central States Communication Association
The University of Kansas: Ph.D., Communication Studies 2007
The University of Kansas: M.A., Communication Studies 2004
Wheaton College: B.S., Communication; Computer Science 2002
Media Appearances (2)
Faculty Senate votes to create task force on adjunct issues
Andrew Ledbetter, an associate professor of communication studies, said not having adjuncts on a committee about the status of adjuncts is counterintuitive. He compared it to having a committee on racial diversity without minority members.
“It seems to me that one adjunct on the committee would not open the committee to accusations of bias,” Ledbetter said.
Faculty Senate recommends increasing adjunct pay
Ledbetter said a student taking a 15-credit-hour course load pays about $1,350 per credit hour, which means having one student in a class covers the majority of an adjunct’s salary.
“As a committee, we feel that something is awry with the economics of that,” Ledbetter said.
Drawing from communication privacy management theory and family communication patterns theory, this study investigated the extent to which parental privacy invasions and children’s privacy defenses mediated the association between the family communication environment and psychosocial distress. This paper argues that invasions and defenses together form a conceptual space that forms four boundary conflict patterns: (a) combative (frequent invasions and defenses), (b) guarded (infrequent invasions, frequent defenses), (c) surrendered (frequent invasions, infrequent defenses), and (d) trusting (infrequent invasions and defenses). Data were collected from separate samples of first-year students, drawn at three phases from the same university. Results provided evidence of mediation and suggested that children in surrendered parent-child relationships were most likely to also report enhanced psychosocial distress, with such associations strengthening during the first year of college.
Kaitlin Phillips, Andrew Ledbetter, Jordan Soliz, Gretchen Bergquist
We tested the degree to which identity gaps mediate the association between family communication patterns and relational intentions. Participants included 498 emerging adults from the United States. Both personal-enacted and relational-communal identity gaps mediated the relationship between conversation and conformity orientation and relational intentions. Moreover, family identification (the extent to which one feels a sense of connection with their family group) moderated the mediation effect, altering the relationship between the personal-enacted and relational-communal identity gaps and relational intentions. Such that, when family identification is low it does not buffer the negative effect of the relational-communal gap, and when it is high, it exacerbates the negative effect of the personal-enacted identity gap on relational intentions. Specifically, the direction of moderating effect of family identification was in opposite directions for these two identity gaps. The only direct effect was a curvilinear relationship between conformity and relational intentions.
Jenna Shimkowski, Andrew Ledbetter
Little research has focused on young adult children’s emotion management during parental divorce disclosures. However, understanding the ways in which divorce disclosures impact young adults is paramount in promoting healthy family communication. A greater comprehension of these impacts can help families process through difficult conversations and understand disclosures’ influence on individuals’ mental and emotional health. Guided by the divorce disclosure model (Afifi, Schrodt, & McManus, 2009b), the current study included 419 young adult (i.e, aged 18–30) participants who completed an online questionnaire, including a newly developed communicative emotion management measure. Through structural equation modeling, results indicated that cognitive reappraisal and feeling caught mediate the relationship between divorce disclosures and emotion regulation strategies and that this association is contingent upon young adults’ mental health. Implications are discussed, and suggestions for family research and practitioner guidance are offered.