Dr Lauren Wild

Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Background and research interests

  • Family processes, with a particular focus on grandparent-grandchild relationships
  • Social, emotional and personal development in middle childhood and adolescence
  • Adolescent risk behaviours
  • Risk and protective factors in psychopathology

Teaching responsibilities

Developmental Psychology

Selected publications

Wild, L.G. (2018). Grandparental involvement and South African adolescents’ emotional and behavioural health: A summary of research findings. Contemporary Social Science, 13(2), 232-245. doi: 10.1080/21582041.2017.1422536

Van Heerden, A., & Wild, L.G. (2018). Grandparent support and mental and behavioural health in middle childhood. Social Development, 27(2), 366-380. doi: 10.1111/sode.12275

Profe, W., & Wild, L.G. (2017). Mother, father, and grandparent involvement: Associations with adolescent mental health and substance use. Journal of Family Issues, 38(6), 776-797.

Levetan, J.L., & Wild, L.G. (2016). The implications of maternal grandmother coresidence and involvement for adolescent adjustment in South Africa. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 356-365.

Casale, M., Cluver, L., Crankshaw, T., Kuo, C., Lachman, J.M., & Wild, L.G. (2015). Direct and indirect effects of caregiver social support on adolescent psychological outcomes in two South African AIDS-affected communities. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55, 336-346.

Casale, M., Wild, L., Cluver, L., & Kuo, C. (2015). Social support as a protective factor for depression among women caring for children in HIV-endemic South Africa. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 17-27.

Casale, M., Wild, L., Cluver, L., & Kuo, C. (2014). The relationship between social support and anxiety among caregivers of children in HIV-endemic South Africa. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 19, 490-503.

Wild, L.G., Flisher, A.J., & Robertson, B.A. (2013). Risk and resilience in orphaned adolescents living in a community affected by AIDS. Youth and Society, 45, 140-162.

Fakier, N., & Wild, L.G. (2011). Associations among sleep problems, learning difficulties and substance use in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 717-726.

Wild, L.G., Flisher, A.J., Bhana, A, & Lombard, C. (2004). Associations among adolescent risk behaviours and self-esteem in six domains. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45, 1454-1467.

Contact details

Tel: +2721 650 4607
Room Number: 2.08
Email Address: Lauren.Wild@uct.ac.za