Health Communications Science Digest – December

December 2021 -- Vol. 12, 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
  • Alamnia, T. T., Tesfaye, W., & Kelly, M. (2022). The effectiveness of text message delivered interventions for weight loss in developing countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev, 23(1), e13339. doi:1111/obr.13339external icon
  • Austin, L., Jin, Y., Liu, B. F., & Kim, S. (2021). Coping with outbreaks: Toward an infectious disease threat (IDT) appraisal model for risk communication. Health Commun, 1-13. doi:1080/10410236.2021.2006394external icon
  • Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., Panek, E., & Lee, J. (2021). Communication Expressed on the COVID-19 Subreddit in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1994190external icon
  • Capurro, G., Jardine, C. G., Tustin, J., & Driedger, M. (2021). Communicating scientific uncertainty in a rapidly evolving situation: a framing analysis of Canadian coverage in early days of COVID-19. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 2181. doi:1186/s12889-021-12246-xpdf iconexternal icon
  • Choi, Y., & Fox, A. M. (2021). Does media slant polarize compliance with science-based public health recommendations? Effects of media consumption patterns on COVID-19 attitudes and behaviors in the United States. J Health Psychol, 13591053211061413. doi:1177/13591053211061413external icon
  • Crankshaw, E., Gaber, J., Guillory, J., Curry, L., Farrelly, M., Saunders, M., . . . Alexander, T. (2022). Final Evaluation Findings for This Free Life, a 3-Year, Multi-Market Tobacco Public Education Campaign for Gender and Sexual Minority Young Adults in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res, 24(1), 109-117. doi:1093/ntr/ntab146pdf iconexternal icon
  • Cruickshank, I., Ginossar, T., Sulskis, J., Zheleva, E., & Berger-Wolf, T. (2021). Content and Dynamics of Websites Shared Over Vaccine-Related Tweets in COVID-19 Conversations: Computational Analysis. J Med Internet Res, 23(12), e29127. doi:2196/29127external icon
  • Dillard, J. P., Tian, X., Cruz, S. M., Smith, R. A., & Shen, L. (2021). Persuasive Messages, Social Norms, and Reactance: A Study of Masking Behavior during a COVID-19 Campus Health Campaign. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.2007579external icon
  • DiRusso, C., & Stansberry, K. (2021). Unvaxxed: A Cultural Study of the Online Anti-Vaccination Movement. Qual Health Res, 10497323211056050. doi:1177/10497323211056050external icon
  • Erku, D. A., Bauld, L., Dawkins, L., Gartner, C. E., Steadman, K. J., Noar, S. M., . . . Morphett, K. (2021). Does the content and source credibility of health and risk messages related to nicotine vaping products have an impact on harm perception and behavioural intentions? A systematic review. Addiction, 116(12), 3290-3303. doi:1111/add.15473external icon
  • Geana, M. V., Rabb, N., & Sloman, S. (2021). Walking the party line: The growing role of political ideology in shaping health behavior in the United States. SSM Popul Health, 16, 100950. doi:1016/j.ssmph.2021.100950external icon
  • Getachew-Smith, H., King, A. J., Marshall, C., & Scherr, C. L. (2021). Process Evaluation in Health Communication Media Campaigns: A Systematic Review. Am J Health Promot, 8901171211052279. doi:1177/08901171211052279external icon
  • Heard, C. L., & Rakow, T. (2021). Examining Insensitivity to Probability in Evidence-Based Communication of Relative Risks: The Role of Affect and Communication Format. Risk Anal. doi:1111/risa.13862external icon
  • Hertwig, R., & Wulff, D. U. (2021). A Description-Experience Framework of the Psychology of Risk. Perspect Psychol Sci, 17456916211026896. doi:1177/17456916211026896external icon
  • Hovick, S. R., Bigsby, E., Wilson, S. R., & Thomas, S. (2021). Information Seeking Behaviors and Intentions in Response to Environmental Health Risk Messages: A Test of A Reduced Risk Information Seeking Model. Health Commun, 36(14), 1889-1897. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1804139external icon
  • Huang, Y., & Sundar, S. S. (2022). Do We Trust the Crowd? Effects of Crowdsourcing on Perceived Credibility of Online Health Information. Health Commun, 37(1), 93-102. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1824662external icon
  • Hulbert, L. R., Zhang, X., Ng, B. P., Nhim, K., Khan, T., & Cannon, M. J. (2021). Health Care Providers’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices and the Association With Referrals to the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Change Program. Am J Health Promot, 8901171211044937. doi:1177/08901171211044937external icon
  • Keselman, A., Arnott Smith, C., Leroy, G., & Kaufman, D. R. (2021). Factors Influencing Willingness to Share Health Misinformation Videos on the Internet: Web-Based Survey. J Med Internet Res, 23(12), e30323. doi:2196/30323external icon
  • Kronrod, A., Hammar, M. E., Lee, J., Thind, H. K., & Mangano, K. M. (2021). Linguistic Delight Promotes Eating Right: Figurative Language Increases Perceived Enjoyment and Encourages Healthier Food Choices. Health Commun, 36(14), 1898-1908. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1805231external icon
  • Kudrati, S. Z., Hayashi, K., & Taggart, T. (2021). Social Media & PrEP: A Systematic Review of Social Media Campaigns to Increase PrEP Awareness & Uptake Among Young Black and Latinx MSM and Women. AIDS Behav, 25(12), 4225-4234. doi:1007/s10461-021-03287-9pdf iconexternal icon
  • Silas, J., Jones, A., Weiss-Cohen, L., & Ayton, P. (2021). The seductive allure of technical language and its effect on covid-19 vaccine beliefs and intentions. Vaccine, 39(52), 7590-7597. doi:1016/j.vaccine.2021.11.027external icon
  • Watts, J., & Hovick, S. R. (2021). The Influence of Family Communication Patterns and Identity Frames on Perceived Collective Psychological Ownership and Intentions to Share Health Information. Health Commun, 1-9. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1999573external icon
  • Yang, B., Li, Y., Yan, K., Choi, Y., & Bennett-Jones, B. (2021). Analyzing U.S. State Governments’ COVID-19 Homepages during the Initial Lockdown in March and April 2020: Information Content and Interactivity. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.2007574external icon
  • Zhang, X. A., & Cozma, R. (2022). Risk sharing on Twitter: Social amplification and attenuation of risk in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Comput Human Behav, 126, 106983. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2021.106983external 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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