Health Communications Science Digest – August

August 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 8e

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
  • Burke-Garcia, A., Johnson-Turbes, A., Mitchell, E. W., Vallery Verlenden, J. M., Puddy, R., Mercado, M. C., . . . Tolbert, E. (2021). How right now? Supporting mental health and resilience amid COVID-19. Traumatology, No Pagination Specified-No Pagination Specified. doi:1037/trm0000322external icon
  • Cai, X., & Zhao, X. (2021). Framing Youth Vaping Prevention Messages: The Role of Uncertainty Tolerance. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1966181external icon
  • Choi, H., & Jeong, G. (2021). Characteristics of the Measurement Tools for Assessing Health Information-Seeking Behaviors in Nationally Representative Surveys: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res, 23(7), e27539. doi:2196/27539external icon
  • Francis, D. B., & Zelaya, C. M. (2021). Cancer Fatalism and Cancer Information Seeking Among Black Women: Examining the Impact of Aretha Franklin’s Death on Cancer Communication Outcomes. J Cancer Educ, 36(4), 763-768. doi:1007/s13187-020-01701-9pdf iconexternal icon
  • Gaysynsky, A., Rising, C. J., Trivedi, N., Blake, K. D., Chou, W. S., Oh, A., & Vanderpool, R. C. (2021). Communication research at the National Cancer Institute, 2013-2019: a grant portfolio analysis. Cancer Causes Control. doi:1007/s10552-021-01481-7pdf iconexternal icon
  • Hair, E. C., Kreslake, J. M., Rath, J. M., Pitzer, L., Bennett, M., & Vallone, D. (2021). Early evidence of the associations between an anti-e-cigarette mass media campaign and e-cigarette knowledge and attitudes: results from a cross-sectional study of youth and young adults. Tob Control. doi:1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056047pdf iconexternal icon
  • Harman, J. L., Weinhardt, J. M., Beck, J. W., & Mai, I. (2021). Interpreting time-series COVID data: reasoning biases, risk perception, and support for public health measures. Sci Rep, 11(1), 15585. doi:1038/s41598-021-95134-zpdf iconexternal icon
  • Hunter, C. M., Chou, W. S., & Webb Hooper, M. (2021). Behavioral and social science in support of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination: National Institutes of Health initiatives. Transl Behav Med, 11(7), 1354-1358. doi:1093/tbm/ibab067pdf iconexternal icon
  • Ju, I., Ohs, J., Park, T., & Hinsley, A. (2021). Interpersonal Communication Influence on Health-Protective Behaviors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1956792external icon
  • Kalke, K., Studd, H., & Scherr, C. L. (2021). The communication of uncertainty in health: A scoping review. Patient Educ Couns, 104(8), 1945-1961. doi:1016/j.pec.2021.01.034external icon
  • Lee, D. K. L., & Ramazan, O. (2021). Fact-Checking of Health Information: The Effect of Media Literacy, Metacognition and Health Information Exposure. J Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10810730.2021.1955312external icon
  • MacKay, M., Colangeli, T., Gillis, D., McWhirter, J., & Papadopoulos, A. (2021). Examining Social Media Crisis Communication during Early COVID-19 from Public Health and News Media for Quality, Content, and Corresponding Public Sentiment. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 18(15). doi:3390/ijerph18157986external icon
  • Marshall, B., Salabarría-Peña, Y., Johnson, W., & Moore, L. (2021). Reaching racial/ethnic and sexual and gender minorities with HIV prevention information via social marketing. Eval Program Plann, 101982. doi:1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.101982external icon
  • Murray, C., von Possel, N., Lie, H. C., & Breivik, J. (2021). The Nine Cancer Frames: A Tool to Facilitate Critical Reading of Cancer-Related Information. J Cancer Educ. doi:1007/s13187-021-02062-7pdf iconexternal icon
  • Nagler, R. H., Vogel, R. I., Gollust, S. E., Yzer, M. C., & Rothman, A. J. (2021). Effects of Prior Exposure to Conflicting Health Information on Responses to Subsequent Unrelated Health Messages: Results from a Population-Based Longitudinal Experiment. Ann Behav Med. doi:1093/abm/kaab069pdf iconexternal icon
  • Ort, A., Reinhardt, A., Koch, L., & Rossmann, C. (2021). The Emotional Effects of Gain-Loss Frames in Persuasive Messages about Sun Protection on Health Promotional Outcomes: Evidence from an Experimental Study. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1956072external icon
  • Park, S. Y., Harrington, N. G., Crosswell, L. H., & Parvanta, C. (2021). Competencies for Health Communication Specialists: Survey of Health Communication Educators and Practitioners. J Health Commun, 1-21. doi:1080/10810730.2021.1925785external icon
  • Petersen, M. B., Bor, A., Jørgensen, F., & Lindholt, M. F. (2021). Transparent communication about negative features of COVID-19 vaccines decreases acceptance but increases trust. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 118(29). doi:1073/pnas.2024597118pdf iconexternal icon
  • Quick, B. L., Glowacki, E. M., Kriss, L. A., & Hartman, D. E. (2021). Raising Concussion Awareness among Amateur Athletes: An Examination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Heads Up Campaign. Health Commun, 1-12. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1950295external icon
  • Scannell, D., Desens, L., Guadagno, M., Tra, Y., Acker, E., Sheridan, K., . . . Fulk, M. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccine Discourse on Twitter: A Content Analysis of Persuasion Techniques, Sentiment and Mis/Disinformation. J Health Commun, 1-17. doi:1080/10810730.2021.1955050external icon
  • Sun, T., Lim, C. C. W., Chung, J., Cheng, B., Davidson, L., Tisdale, C., . . . Chan, G. C. K. (2021). Vaping on TikTok: a systematic thematic analysis. Tob Control. doi:1136/tobaccocontrol-2021-056619pdf iconexternal icon
  • Villalobos, A. V. K., Davis, C., Turner, M. M., Long, S., Hull, S., & Lapinski, M. K. (2021). Breastfeeding in Context: African American Women’s Normative Referents, Salient Identities, and Perceived Social Norms. Health Educ Behav, 48(4), 496-506. doi:1177/10901981211014445external icon
  • Wollmann, K., der Keylen, P. V., Tomandl, J., Meerpohl, J. J., Sofroniou, M., Maun, A., & Voigt-Radloff, S. (2021). The information needs of internet users and their requirements for online health information-A scoping review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Patient Educ Couns, 104(8), 1904-1932. doi:1016/j.pec.2021.01.020external icon
  • Zimbres, T. M., Bell, R. A., Miller, L. M. S., & Zhang, J. (2021). When Media Health Stories Conflict: Test of the Contradictory Health Information Processing (CHIP) Model. J Health Commun, 1-13. doi:10.1080/10810730.2021.1950239external 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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