Health Communications Science Digest – December

December 2020 -- Vol. 11, Issue 12e

To enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge, the Science Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention frequently undertakes an extensive scan of the expert literature.  Recent publications with particular relevance for the public health communication community are detailed here.

Abstracts and PDF copies of most articles are available through the DOI hyperlink included with each citation.  In some cases, however, the DOI hyperlink will not work or the publisher charges for the article.  The help of your local library staff may be required in such circumstances to secure access to some publications.

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Articles of Interest
  • Ataguba, O. A., & Ataguba, J. E. (2020). Social determinants of health: the role of effective communication in the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries. Glob Health Action, 13(1), 1788263. doi:1080/16549716.2020.1788263external icon
  • Avery, E. J., & Park, S. (2021). Perceived Knowledge as [Protective] Power: Parents’ Protective Efficacy, Information-Seeking, and Scrutiny during COVID-19. Health Commun, 36(1), 81-88. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847438external icon
  • Barile, J. P., Guerin, R. J., Fisher, K. A., Tian, L. H., Okun, A. H., Vanden Esschert, K. L., . . . Prue, C. E. (2020). Theory-based Behavioral Predictors of Self-reported Use of Face Coverings in Public Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. Ann Behav Med. doi:1093/abm/kaaa109
  • Betsch, C., Schmid-Küpke, N. K., Otten, L., & von Hirschhausen, E. (2020). Increasing the willingness to participate in organ donation through humorous health communication: (Quasi-) experimental evidence. PLoS One, 15(11), e0241208. doi:1371/journal.pone.0241208external icon
  • Brewer, L. C., Asiedu, G. B., Jones, C., Richard, M., Erickson, J., Weis, J., . . . Doubeni, C. A. (2020). Emergency Preparedness and Risk Communication Among African American Churches: Leveraging a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership COVID-19 Initiative. Prev Chronic Dis, 17, E158. doi:5888/pcd17.200408
  • Chang, A., Schulz, P. J., Tu, S., & Liu, M. T. (2020). Communicative Blame in Online Communication of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Computational Approach of Stigmatizing Cues and Negative Sentiment Gauged With Automated Analytic Techniques. J Med Internet Res, 22(11), e21504. doi:2196/21504external icon
  • Chang, C. (2020). Cross-Country Comparison of Effects of Early Government Communication on Personal Empowerment during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan and the United States. Health Commun, 1-14. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1852698external icon
  • Crowley, J. P., Bleakley, A., Silk, K., Young, D. G., & Lambe, J. L. (2021). Uncertainty Management and Curve Flattening Behaviors in the Wake of COVID-19’s First Wave. Health Commun, 36(1), 32-41. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847452external icon
  • England, K. J., Edwards, A. L., Paulson, A. C., Libby, E. P., Harrell, P. T., & Mondejar, K. A. (2021). Rethink Vape: Development and evaluation of a risk communication campaign to prevent youth E-cigarette use. Addict Behav, 113, 106664. doi:1016/j.addbeh.2020.106664external icon
  • Gonzalez, C., Bollinger, B., Yip, J., Pina, L., Roldan, W., & Nieto Ruiz, C. (2020). Intergenerational Online Health Information Searching and Brokering: Framing Health Literacy as a Family Asset. Health Commun, 1-12. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847445external icon
  • Guttman, N., & Lev, E. (2021). Ethical Issues in COVID-19 Communication to Mitigate the Pandemic: Dilemmas and Practical Implications. Health Commun, 36(1), 116-123. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847439external icon
  • Hoffmann-Longtin, K., Kerr, A. M., Shaunfield, S., Koenig, C. J., Bylund, C. L., & Clayton, M. F. (2020). Fostering Interdisciplinary Boundary Spanning in Health Communication: A Call for a Paradigm Shift. Health Commun, 1-9. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1857517external icon
  • Hong, Y., & Kim, S. (2020). Influence of Presumed Media Influence for Health Prevention: How Mass Media Indirectly Promote Health Prevention Behaviors through Descriptive Norms. Health Commun, 35(14), 1800-1810. doi:1080/10410236.2019.1663585external icon
  • Hooker, C., & Leask, J. (2020). Risk Communication Should be Explicit About Values. A Perspective on Early Communication During COVID-19. J Bioeth Inq, 17(4), 581-589. doi:1007/s11673-020-10057-0pdf iconexternal icon
  • Hornik, R., Kikut, A., Jesch, E., Woko, C., Siegel, L., & Kim, K. (2021). Association of COVID-19 Misinformation with Face Mask Wearing and Social Distancing in a Nationally Representative US Sample. Health Commun, 36(1), 6-14. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847437external icon
  • Howe, C. J., Adame, T., Lewis, B., & Wagner, T. (2020). Original Research: Assessing Organizational Focus on Health Literacy in North Texas Hospitals. Am J Nurs, 120(12), 24-33. doi:1097/01.NAJ.0000723424.47838.4dexternal icon
  • Kim, H. M., Kim, E. A., & Murphy, S. (2020). Testing the Effectiveness of Message Framing and Episodic Future Thinking in Promoting HPV Vaccination via Anticipated Regret. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1855744external icon
  • Kowalski, R. M., & Black, K. J. (2021). Protection Motivation and the COVID-19 Virus. Health Commun, 36(1), 15-22. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847448external icon
  • Lefebvre, R. C., Chandler, R. K., Helme, D. W., Kerner, R., Mann, S., Stein, M. D., . . . Rodgers, E. (2020). Health communication campaigns to drive demand for evidence-based practices and reduce stigma in the HEALing communities study. Drug Alcohol Depend, 217, 108338. doi:1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108338external icon
  • Massey, P. M., Kearney, M. D., Hauer, M. K., Selvan, P., Koku, E., & Leader, A. E. (2020). Dimensions of Misinformation About the HPV Vaccine on Instagram: Content and Network Analysis of Social Media Characteristics. J Med Internet Res, 22(12), e21451. doi:2196/21451external icon
  • Mheidly, N., & Fares, J. (2020). Leveraging media and health communication strategies to overcome the COVID-19 infodemic. J Public Health Policy, 41(4), 410-420. doi:1057/s41271-020-00247-wpdf iconexternal icon
  • Noar, S. M., & Austin, L. (2020). (Mis)communicating about COVID-19: Insights from Health and Crisis Communication. Health Commun, 35(14), 1735-1739. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1838093external icon
  • Qin, Y., Chen, J., Namkoong, K., Ledford, V., & Lim, J. R. (2020). Increasing Perceived Risk of Opioid Misuse: The Effects of Concrete Language and Image. Health Commun, 1-13. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1846323external icon
  • Rimal, R. N., & Storey, J. D. (2020). Construction of Meaning during a Pandemic: The Forgotten Role of Social Norms. Health Commun, 35(14), 1732-1734. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1838091external icon
  • Southwell, B. G., Kelly, B. J., Bann, C. M., Squiers, L. B., Ray, S. E., & McCormack, L. A. (2020). Mental Models of Infectious Diseases and Public Understanding of COVID-19 Prevention. Health Commun, 35(14), 1707-1710. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1837462 external icon

DISCLAIMER: Articles listed in the Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD) are selected by Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) staff to provide current awareness of the public health communication literature. An article’s inclusion does not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor does it imply endorsement of the article’s methods or findings. OADC, CDC, and DHHS assume no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by OADC, CDC, or DHHS. Opinions, findings and conclusions expressed by the original authors of items included in the HCSD, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion or views of OADC, CDC, or DHHS. References to publications, news sources, and non-CDC Websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by OADC, CDC, or DHHS.

Page last reviewed: December 29, 2020