Ruth Anne Clark

 Ruth Clark

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor Emerita

Research Interests

  • Primary interest in functional message analysis, with additional interests in selection of conversational partners; gender comparisons in interpersonal contexts, and instructional issues

Research Description

One of Professor Clark's recent functional message analyses focused on the impact of variations in level of distress and degree of responsibility of the distressed individual for the problem on the types of message features friends incorporate in their comforting messages. She found level of distress and responsibility for problem both produce marked impact on message construction, but largely on different features of the message.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

MacGeorge, E. L, R. A. Clark, and S. J. Gillihan Sex differences in the provision of skillful emotional support: The mediating role of self-efficacy Communication Reports 15 2002, p. 17-28.