Health Communications Science Digest – April

April 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 4e

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
  • Ballard, A. M., Davis, A., & Hoffner, C. A. (2021). The Impact of Health Narratives on Persuasion in African American Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Health Commun, 36(5), 560-571. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1731936external icon
  • Bendtsen, M., McCambridge, J., Åsberg, K., & Bendtsen, P. (2021). Text messaging interventions for reducing alcohol consumption among risky drinkers: systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction, 116(5), 1021-1033. doi:1111/add.15294external icon
  • Benis, A., Seidmann, A., & Ashkenazi, S. (2021). Reasons for Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine by US Social Media Users. Vaccines (Basel), 9(4). doi:3390/vaccines9040315pdf iconexternal icon
  • Chou, W. S., Gaysynsky, A., Trivedi, N., & Vanderpool, R. C. (2021). Using Social Media for Health: National Data from HINTS 2019. J Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10810730.2021.1903627external icon
  • Dennis, A. S., Moravec, P. L., Kim, A., & Dennis, A. R. (2021). Assessment of the Effectiveness of Identity-Based Public Health Announcements in Increasing the Likelihood of Complying With COVID-19 Guidelines: Randomized Controlled Cross-sectional Web-Based Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill, 7(4), e25762. doi:2196/25762external icon
  • Dorrance Hall, E., Ma, M., Azimova, D., Campbell, N., Ellithorpe, M., Plasencia, J., . . . Hennessy, M. (2021). The Mediating Role of Family and Cultural Food Beliefs on the Relationship between Family Communication Patterns and Diet and Health Issues across Racial/Ethnic Groups. Health Commun, 36(5), 593-605. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1733213external icon
  • Efendić, E. (2021). How do People Judge Risk? Availability may Upstage Affect in the Construction of Risk Judgments. Risk Anal. doi:1111/risa.13729external icon
  • Ferdinand, K. C. (2021). Overcoming Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination in African Americans: The Need for Cultural Humility. Am J Public Health, 111(4), 586-588. doi:2105/ajph.2020.306135external icon
  • Galvin, A. M., Garg, A., Matthes, S., & Thompson, E. L. (2021). Utilizing a Multidimensional Health Literacy Framework to Assess Cervical Cancer Screening Nonadherence. Health Educ Behav, 10901981211001851. doi:1177/10901981211001851external icon
  • Liu, J., & Niederdeppe, J. (2021). Effects of Communicating Prevalence Information about Two Common Health Conditions. Health Commun, 1-12. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1895417external icon
  • Li, R. (2021). Fear of COVID-19: What Causes Fear and How Individuals Cope with It. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1901423external icon
  • Lu, L., Liu, J., & Yuan, Y. C. (2021). Cultural Differences in Cancer Information Acquisition: Cancer Risk Perceptions, Fatalistic Beliefs, and Worry as Predictors of Cancer Information Seeking and Avoidance in the U.S. and China. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1901422external icon
  • Lu, Q. C., Zhang, T. Y., Bundhun, P. K., & Chen, C. (2021). One “misunderstood” health issue: demonstrating and communicating the safety of influenza a vaccination in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 703. doi:1186/s12889-021-10740-wpdf iconexternal icon
  • Mesman, M., Hendriks, H., Onrust, S., & van den Putte, B. (2021). The Intervening Role of Conversational Frequency and Valence in a School-Based Health Intervention. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1909245external icon
  • Nutbeam, D., & Lloyd, J. E. (2021). Understanding and Responding to Health Literacy as a Social Determinant of Health. Annu Rev Public Health, 42, 159-173. doi:1146/annurev-publhealth-090419-102529external icon
  • Post, S., Bienzeisler, N., & Lohöfener, M. (2021). A desire for authoritative science? How citizens’ informational needs and epistemic beliefs shaped their views of science, news, and policymaking in the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Underst Sci, 9636625211005334. doi:1177/09636625211005334external icon
  • Rajesh, K., Wilcox, G., Ring, D., & Mackert, M. (2021). Reactions to the opioid epidemic: A text-mining analysis of tweets. J Addict Dis, 39(2), 183-188. doi:1080/10550887.2020.1834812external icon
  • Resnicow, K., Bacon, E., Yang, P., Hawley, S., Van Horn, M. L., & An, L. (2021). Novel Predictors of Coronavirus Protective Behaviors among US adults: The role of trait reactance, conspiracy beliefs, and belief in the apocalypse. J Med Internet Res. doi:2196/23488external icon
  • Saucier, C. J., Suresh, S., Brooks, J. J., Walter, N., Plant, A., & Montoya, J. A. (2021). The Effect of an Entertainment-Education Intervention on Reproductive Health of Young Women of Color. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1903741external icon
  • Thompson, M. (2021). Narrative Mapping: Participant-Generated Visual Methodology for Health Communication Research and Pedagogy. Health Commun, 36(5), 630-638. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1733228external 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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