Last Updated: 1/10/17


Rains, S. A. (under contract). Coping with illness digitally. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
*All co-authors were graduate students.

Bolkan, S., & Rains, S. A. (in press). The legitimization of paltry contributions (LPC) as a compliance gaining technique: A meta-analysis testing three explanations. Communication Research. [pdf]

Ivanov, B., Rains, S. A., Geegan, S. A., Vos, S. C., Haarstad, N. D., & Parker, K. A. (in press). Beyond simple inoculation: Examining the persuasive value of inoculation for audiences with initially neutral or negative attitudes. Western Journal of Communication. [pdf]

Loescher, L. J., Rains, S. A., Kramer, S., Akers, C., & Moussa, R. (in press). A systematic review of mobile phone text messaging interventions to enhance healthy lifestyle behaviors in adolescents. American Journal of Health Promotion, 42, 165-199. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., & Brunner, S. R. (in press). The outcomes of broadcasting self-disclosure using new communication technologies: Responses to disclosure vary across one’s social network. Communication Research. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., Akers, C., Pavlich, C. A., & Goktas, S. (in press). Computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social support: Testing the effects of using CMC on support outcomes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. [pdf]

van Ingen, E., Rains, S. A., & Wright, K. B. (in press). Does social network site use buffer against well-being loss when older adults face reduced functional ability? Computers in Human Behavior.

*Rains, S. A., & Tsetsi, E. (in press). Social support and digital inequality: Does Internet use magnify or mitigate traditional inequities in support availability? Communication Monographs. [pdf]

Parker, K. A., Rains, S. A., & Ivanov, B. (2016). Examining the “blanket of protection” conferred by inoculation: The effects of inoculation messages on the cross-protection of related attitudes. Communication Monographs, 83, 49-68. [pdf]

Rains, S. A. (2016). Language style matching as a predictor of perceived social support in computer-mediated interaction among individuals coping with illness. Communication Research, 43, 694-712. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., Akers, C., Pavlich, C. A., & Tsetsi, E. (2016). The implications of computer-mediated communication (CMC) for social support message processing and outcomes: When and why are the effects of support messages strengthened during CMC? Human Communication Research, 42, 553-576. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., & Oman, K. (2016). Self-disclosure and new communication technologies: The implications of receiving superficial self-disclosures from friends. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 33, 42-61. [pdf]

Rains, S. A., & Ruppel, E. K. (2016). Channel complementarity theory and the health information-seeking process: Further investigating the implications of source characteristic complementarity. Communication Research, 43, 232-252. [pdf]

Tokunaga, R. S., & Rains, S. A. (2016). A review and meta-analysis examining conceptual and operational definitions of problematic Internet use. Human Communication Research, 42, 165-199. [pdf]

*Keating, D. M., & Rains, S. A. (2015). Health blogging and social support: A three-year panel study. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1449-1457. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A. & Brunner, S. R. (2015). What can we learn about social network sites by studying Facebook? A call and recommendations for research on social network sites. New Media & Society, 17, 114-131. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., & Keating, D. M. (2015). Health blogging: An examination of the outcomes associated with making public, written disclosures about health. Communication Research, 42, 107-133. [pdf]

Rains, S. A., Peterson, E., & Wright, K. B. (2015). Communicating social support in computer-mediated contexts: A meta-analytic review of content analyses examining support messages shared online among individuals coping with illness. Communication Monographs, 82, 403-430. [pdf]

Rains, S. A., & Tukachinsky, R. (2015). An examination of the relationships among uncertainty, appraisal, and information-seeking behavior proposed in uncertainty management theory. Health Communication, 30, 339-349. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., & Tukachinsky, R. (2015). Information seeking in uncertainty management theory: Exposure to information about medical uncertainty and information-processing orientation as predictors of uncertainty management success. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1275-1286.

Coe, K., Kenski, K., & Rains, S. A. (2014). Online and uncivil? Patterns and determinants of incivility in newspaper website comments. Journal of Communication, 64, 658-679. [pdf]

Rains, S. A. (2014). Health information seeking and the World Wide Web: An uncertainty management perspective. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 1296-1307. [pdf]

Rains, S. A. (2014). The implications of stigma and anonymity for self-disclosure in health blogs. Health Communication, 29, 23-31. [pdf]

Wright, K. B., & Rains, S. A. (2014). Weak tie support preference and coping style as predictors of perceived credibility within health-related on-line support groups. Health Communication, 29, 281-287. [pdf]

Rains, S. A. (2013). The nature of psychological reactance revisited: A meta-analytic review. Human Communication Research, 29, 47-73. [pdf

Wright, K. B., & Rains, S. A. (2013). Weak tie support network preference, stigma, and health outcomes in computer-mediated support groups. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 309-324. [pdf]

*Ruppel, E. K., & Rains, S. A. (2012). Information sources and the health information-seeking process: An application and extension of channel complementarity theory. Communication Monographs, 79, 358-405. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., & Keating, D. M. (2011). The social dimension of blogging about health: Health blogging, social support, and well-being. Communication Monographs, 78, 511-534. [pdf

Stephens, K. K., & Rains, S. A. (2011). Information and communication technology sequences and message repetition in interpersonal interaction. Communication Research, 38, 101-122. [pdf]

Banas, J. A., & Rains, S. A. (2010). A meta-analysis of research on inoculation theory. Communication Monographs, 77, 281-311. [pdf]

*Tokunaga, R. S., & Rains, S. A. (2010). An evaluation of two characterizations of the relationships between problematic Internet use (PIU), time spent using the Internet, and psychosocial problems. Human Communication Research, 36, 512-545. [pdf]

Wright, K. B., Rains, S., & Banas, J. A. (2010). Weak tie support network preference and computer-mediated support groups.  Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 15, 606-624. [pdf]

Turner, M. M., Banas, J. A., Rains, S. A., Jang, S., Moore, J. L., & Morrison, D. (2010). The effects of altercasting and counterattitudinal behavior on compliance: A lost letter technique investigation. Communication Reports, 23, 1-13. [pdf]

*Rains, S. A., & Bosch, L. A. (2009). Privacy and health in the Information Age: A content analysis of health website privacy policy statements. Health Communication, 24, 435-447. [pdf]
*Rains, S. A., & Young, V. (2009). A meta-analysis of research on formal computer-mediated support groups: Examining group characteristics and health outcomes. Human Communication Research, 35, 309-336. [pdf]
Rains, S. A., Tumlin, G. T., & Knapp, M. L. (2009). Electronic bumper stickers: The content and interpersonal functions of messages attached to e-mail signatures. Discourse Studies, 11, 105-120. [pdf]
*Rains, S. A., & Donnerstein, C. K. (2009). Health information seeking and perceptions of website credibility: Examining web-use motivation, message characteristics, and structural features of websites. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 544-553. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2008). Health at high speed: Broadband Internet access, health communication, and the digital divide. Communication Research, 35, 283-97. [pdf]
D’Urso, S. D., & Rains, S. A. (2008). Examining the scope of channel expansion: A test of channel expansion theory with new and traditional communication media. Management Communication Quarterly, 21, 486-507. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2008). Seeking health information in the Information Age: The role of Internet self-efficacy. Western Journal of Communication, 72, 1-18. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2007). Perceptions of traditional information sources and use of the World Wide Web to seek health information: Findings from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Journal of Health Communication, 12, 667-680. [pdf]
Rains, S. A., & Turner, M. M. (2007) Psychological reactance and persuasive health communication: A test and extension of the intertwined model. Human Communication Research, 33, 241-269. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2007). The impact of anonymity on perceptions of source credibility and influence in computer-mediated group communication: A test of two competing hypotheses. Communication Research, 34, 100-125. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2007). The anonymity effect: The influence of anonymity on perceptions of sources and information on health websites. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35, 197-214. [pdf]
Rains, S. A., & Scott, C. R. (2007). To identify or not to identify: A theoretical model of receiver responses to anonymous communication. Communication Theory, 17, 61-91. [pdf]
Rains, S. A., & Young, A. M. (2006). A sign of the times: An analysis of organizational members' email signatures. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11, 1046-1061. [pdf]
Rains, S. A. (2005). Leveling the organizational playing field–virtually: A meta-analysis of experimental research assessing the impact of group support system use on member influence behaviors. Communication Research, 32, 193-234. [pdf]
Scott, C. R., & Rains, S. A. (2005). Anonymous communication in organizations: Assessing use and appropriateness. Management Communication Quarterly, 19, 157-197. [pdf]

Book Chapters

Rains, S. A., & Wright, K. B. (2016). Social support and computer-mediated communication: A state-of-the-art review and agenda for future research In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication yearbook (pp. 175-212). New York: Routledge. [pdf]

Rains, S. A. (2015). Social support. In D. K. Kim & J. W. Dearing (Eds.), Health communication measures (pp. 223-232). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

*Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., & Oman, K. (2014). Social media and risk communication. In H. Cho, T. Reimer, & K. McComas (Eds.), The Sage handbook of risk communication (pp. 228-240). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Scott, C. R., Rains, S. A., & Haseki, M. (2011). Anonymous communication: Unmasking findings across fields. In C. T. Salmon (Ed.), Communication yearbook (vol. 35, pp. 299-342). New York: Routledge. [pdf]

Rains, S. A., & Scott, C. R. (2005). Virtual teams in the traditional classroom: Lessons on new communication technologies and training. In S. Ferris & S. Godar (Eds.), Teaching and learning with virtual teams (pp. 268-292). Hershey, PA: The Idea Group.


Encyclopedia Entries

Rains, S. A. (in press). Blogging, microblogging and exposure to health and risk messages. In R. Parrott, Encyclopedia of health and risk message design and processing. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Rains, S. A., & Bonito, J. A. (in press). Adaptive structuration theory. In C. R. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), International encyclopedia of organizational communication. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell.

*Keating, D. M., & Rains, S. A. (2014). Expressive writing and health. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (pp. 475-476). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rains, S. A. (2014). Communication, computer-mediated support, and satisfaction with health. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 1018-1020). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Rains, S. A. (2014). Health blogging. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (pp. 546-547). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rains, S. A. (2014). Theoretical frameworks, communication technology. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (pp. 1387-1390). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Electronic Publications

Rains, S. A., Peterson, E., & Wright, K. B. (2015). Seeking social support in the information age: What types of support messages do people coping with illness receive online? Communication Currents, 10(6).

Rains, S. A. & Keating, D. M. (2011). Health blogging, social support, and well-being. Communication Currents, 6(6).

Rains, S. A. (2007). Anonymity and health information on the World Wide Web. Communication Currents, 2(3).


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