Health Communications Science Digest – October

October 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 10e

To enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge, the Science Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication 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 instances, articles must be requested via another source and a hyperlink to facilitate that process is included with the reference.  Please note that hyperlinks are to CDC licensed materials and are generally available only through the CDC intranet.

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Articles of Interest
  • Al Achkar, M., Thompson, M. J., Nguyen, D., & Hoeft, T. J. (2021). Appraising and Handling COVID-19 Information: A Qualitative Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 18(19). doi:3390/ijerph181910382external icon
  • Alber, J. M., Green, L. W., Gambescia, S. F., McLeroy, K. R., Sofalvi, A., & Auld, M. E. (2021). Highlighting Contributions of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Advancing Public Health: Where We’ve Come, Where We’re Headed. J Public Health Manag Pract, 27(6), E220-e227. doi:1097/phh.0000000000001114external icon
  • An, J., Kwak, H., Qureshi, H. M., & Weber, I. (2021). Precision Public Health Campaign: Delivering Persuasive Messages to Relevant Segments Through Targeted Advertisements on Social Media. JMIR Form Res, 5(9), e22313. doi:2196/22313external icon
  • Basinger, E. D., Delaney, A. L., & Williams, C. (2021). Uncertainty Management in Online Sexual Health Forums. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1980253external icon
  • Bouman, T., & Steg, L. (2021). Worrying about the Consequences of COVID-19 for Distant Others Relates to Mitigative Actions. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1981564external icon
  • Brannon, G. E., & Ray, M. A. (2021). Participant-Reported Experiences of Conversations about Sexually Transmitted Infections with Romantic Partners: Perceptions of Ownership and Privacy. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1981563external icon
  • Chen, J., Houston, T. K., Faro, J. M., Nagawa, C. S., Orvek, E. A., Blok, A. C., . . . Sadasivam, R. S. (2021). Evaluating the use of a recommender system for selecting optimal messages for smoking cessation: patterns and effects of user-system engagement. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1749. doi:1186/s12889-021-11803-8pdf iconexternal icon
  • Cohen, A. S., Lutzke, L., Otten, C. D., & Árvai, J. (2021). I Think, Therefore I Act: The Influence of Critical Reasoning Ability on Trust and Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Risk Anal. doi:1111/risa.13833external icon
  • Coleman, T., Clark, M., Welch, C., Whitemore, R., Leonardi-Bee, J., Cooper, S., . . . Naughton, F. (2021). Effectiveness of offering tailored text message, self-help smoking cessation support to pregnant women who want information on stopping smoking: MiQuit3 randomised controlled trial (RCT) and meta-analysis. Addiction. doi:1111/add.15715external icon
  • Goh, M. C. W., Kelly, P. J., Deane, F. P., Raftery, D. K., & Ingram, I. (2021). Communication of health risk in substance-dependent populations: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Drug Alcohol Rev, 40(6), 920-936. doi:1111/dar.13249external icon
  • Hauser, D. J., & Fleming, M. E. (2021). Mother Nature’s Fury: Antagonist Metaphors for Natural Disasters Increase Forecasts of Their Severity and Encourage Evacuation. Sci Commun, 43(5), 570-596. doi:1177/10755470211031246external icon
  • Hendrickse, J., Clayton, R. B., Ray, E. C., Ridgway, J. L., & Secharan, R. (2021). Experimental Effects of Viewing Thin and Plus-Size Models in Objectifying and Empowering Contexts on Instagram. Health Commun, 36(11), 1417-1425. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1761077external icon
  • Jun, J., Wen, T. J., & Wu, L. (2021). The Effects of Self vs. Group Affirmation and Message Framing on College Students’ Vape-Free Campus Policy Support. Health Commun, 36(11), 1441-1451. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1767446external icon
  • Liu, Y., & Kashian, N. (2021). Sharing Workout Experiences on Social Networking Sites: Its Moderating Factors and Well-Being Outcomes. Health Commun, 36(11), 1309-1319. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1750774external icon
  • Santana, S., Brach, C., Harris, L., Ochiai, E., Blakey, C., Bevington, F., . . . Pronk, N. (2021). Updating Health Literacy for Healthy People 2030: Defining Its Importance for a New Decade in Public Health. J Public Health Manag Pract, 27(Suppl 6), S258-s264. doi:1097/phh.0000000000001324external icon
  • Tabaac, A. R., Haneuse, S., Johns, M., Tan, A. S. L., Austin, S. B., Potter, J., . . . Charlton, B. M. (2021). Sexual and reproductive health information: Disparities across sexual orientation groups in two cohorts of U.S. women. Sex Res Social Policy, 18(3), 612-620. doi:1007/s13178-020-00485-3external icon
  • Thomas, M., Klemm, C., Hutchins, B., & Kaufman, S. (2021). Unpacking the Realities and Complexities of Sensemaking: Government Practitioners’ Experiences of Emergency Risk Communication. Risk Anal. doi:1111/risa.13828external icon
  • Willen, S. S., Walsh, C. C., & Williamson, A. F. (2021). Visualizing Health Equity: Qualitative Perspectives on the Value and Limits of Equity Images. Health Educ Behav, 48(5), 595-603. doi:1177/1090198121994520external icon
  • Wood, S., Pate, M. A., & Schulman, K. (2021). Novel strategies to support global promotion of COVID-19 vaccination. BMJ Glob Health, 6(10). doi:1136/bmjgh-2021-006066pdf iconexternal icon
  • Xiao, X., & Borah, P. (2021). Do Norms Matter? Examining Norm-Based Messages in HPV Vaccination Promotion. Health Commun, 36(12), 1476-1484. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1770506external icon
  • Xu, Q., Chen, S., & Safarnejad, L. (2021). Effects of Information Veracity and Message Frames on Information Dissemination: A Case Study of 2016 Zika Epidemic Discussion on Twitter. Health Commun, 36(12), 1560-1570. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1773705external icon
  • Yang, J., & Mackert, M. (2021). The Effectiveness of CDC’s Rx Awareness Campaigns on Reducing Opioid Stigma: Implications for Health Communication. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1982561external icon
  • Zhang, R., & Fu, J. S. (2021). Linking Network Characteristics of Online Social Networks to Individual Health: A Systematic Review of Literature. Health Commun, 36(12), 1549-1559. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1773703external 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.

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