Health Communications Science Digest – September

September 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 9e

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
  • Akpan, I. J., Aguolu, O. G., Kobara, Y. M., Razavi, R., Akpan, A. A., & Shanker, M. (2021). Association Between What People Learned About COVID-19 Using Web Searches and Their Behavior Toward Public Health Guidelines: Empirical Infodemiology Study. J Med Internet Res, 23(9), e28975. doi:2196/28975external icon
  • Brannon, G. E. (2021). Family Communicative Environment’s Effects on Young Adults’ Social Norms about Limiting Alcohol: Examining the Mediating Effects of Implicit Privacy Rules. Health Commun, 36(10), 1137-1147. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1748819external icon
  • Busch, J., Madsen, E. K., Fage-Butler, A. M., Kjær, M., & Ledderer, L. (2021). Dilemmas of nudging in public health: an ethical analysis of a Danish pamphlet. Health Promot Int, 36(4), 1140-1150. doi:1093/heapro/daaa146pdf iconexternal icon
  • Cahill, S. R., Wang, T. M., Fontenot, H. B., Geffen, S. R., Conron, K. J., Mayer, K. H., . . . Dunville, R. (2021). Perspectives on Sexual Health, Sexual Health Education, and HIV Prevention From Adolescent (13-18 Years) Sexual Minority Males. J Pediatr Health Care, 35(5), 500-508. doi:1016/j.pedhc.2021.04.008external icon
  • Chan, H. F., Rizio, S. M., Skali, A., & Torgler, B. (2021). Early COVID-19 Government Communication Is Associated With Reduced Interest in the QAnon Conspiracy Theory. Front Psychol, 12, 681975. doi:3389/fpsyg.2021.681975external icon
  • Galbraith-Gyan, K. V., Lee, S. J., Ramanadhan, S., & Viswanath, K. (2021). Disparities in HPV knowledge by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic position: Trusted sources for the dissemination of HPV information. Cancer Causes Control, 32(9), 923-933. doi:1007/s10552-021-01445-xpdf iconexternal icon
  • Galvin, A. M., Garg, A., Moore, J. D., Litt, D. M., & Thompson, E. L. (2021). Quality over quantity: human papillomavirus vaccine information on social media and associations with adult and child vaccination. Hum Vaccin Immunother, 17(10), 3587-3594. doi:1080/21645515.2021.1932219external icon
  • Gesser-Edelsburg, A. (2021). How to Make Health and Risk Communication on Social Media More “Social” During COVID-19. Risk Manag Healthc Policy, 14, 3523-3540. doi:2147/rmhp.S317517external icon
  • Hatef, E., Ma, X., Shaikh, Y., Kharrazi, H., Weiner, J. P., & Gaskin, D. J. (2021). Internet Access, Social Risk Factors, and Web-Based Social Support Seeking Behavior: Assessing Correlates of the “Digital Divide” Across Neighborhoods in The State of Maryland. J Med Syst, 45(11), 94. doi:1007/s10916-021-01769-wpdf iconexternal icon
  • Hong, Y. (2021). Extending the influence of presumed influence hypothesis: Information seeking and prosocial behaviors for HIV prevention. Health Commun, 1-14. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1975902external icon
  • Hong, Y., & Hashimoto, M. (2021). I Will Get Myself Vaccinated for Others: The Interplay of Message Frame, Reference Point, and Perceived Risk on Intention for COVID-19 Vaccine. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1978668external icon
  • Jackson, D. N., Trivedi, N., & Baur, C. (2021). Re-Prioritizing Digital Health and Health Literacy in Healthy People 2030 to Affect Health Equity. Health Commun, 36(10), 1155-1162. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1748828external icon
  • King, A., Niederdeppe, J., & Dahl, E. (2021). Visual Juxtapositions as Exemplars in Messages Promoting Healthy Dietary Behavior. Health Commun, 36(10), 1200-1215. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1748835external icon
  • Liu, Z., & Yang, J. (2021). Public Support for COVID-19 Responses: Cultural Cognition, Risk Perception, and Emotions. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1965710external icon
  • MacKay, M., Colangeli, T., Thaivalappil, A., Del Bianco, A., McWhirter, J., & Papadopoulos, A. (2021). A Review and Analysis of the Literature on Public Health Emergency Communication Practices. J Community Health, 1-13. doi:1007/s10900-021-01032-wpdf iconexternal icon
  • McClaran, N., & Rhodes, N. (2021). Portrayals of Vaccination in Entertainment Television: A Content Analysis. Health Commun, 36(10), 1242-1251. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1749356external icon
  • Michie, S., West, R., Pidgeon, N., Reicher, S., Amlôt, R., & Bear, L. (2021). Staying ‘Covid-safe’: Proposals for embedding behaviours that protect against Covid-19 transmission in the UK. Br J Health Psychol. doi:1111/bjhp.12557external icon
  • Mun, K., Yang, J., & Yoo, W. (2021). The Exploration of How Social Media Cultivate College Student Smokers: Theorizing Valence of Communication, Impression Management, and Perceived Risks and Benefits of Smoking in the O(1)-S-R(1)-O(2)-R(2) Model. Health Commun, 36(11), 1426-1440. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1767445external icon
  • Nong, P., Raj, M., Trinidad, M. G., Rowe, Z., & Platt, J. (2021). Understanding racial differences in attitudes about public health efforts during COVID-19 using an explanatory mixed methods design. Soc Sci Med, 287, 114379. doi:1016/j.socscimed.2021.114379external icon
  • Oh, J., Khoo, G. S., Lee, J. A., & Sudarshan, S. (2021). Source Interactivity Enhances Sense of Community and Reduces Psychological Reactance: Effects of the Like Button on Smoking Message Evaluations and Attitudes. J Health Commun, 1-13. doi:1080/10810730.2021.1964008external icon
  • Rohde, J. A., Noar, S. M., Prentice-Dunn, H., Kresovich, A., & Hall, M. G. (2021). Comparison of Message and Effects Perceptions for The Real Cost E-Cigarette Prevention Ads. Health Commun, 36(10), 1222-1230. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1749353external icon
  • Ryoo, Y., & Kim, W. (2021). Using Descriptive and Injunctive Norms to Encourage COVID-19 Social Distancing and Vaccinations. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:10.1080/10410236.2021.1973702
  • Shen, L., & Zhou, Y. (2021). Epistemic Egocentrism and Processing of Vaccine Misinformation (Vis-à-vis Scientific Evidence): The Case of Vaccine-Autism Link. Health Commun, 36(11), 1405-1416. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1761074external icon
  • Siegenthaler, P., Ort, A., & Fahr, A. (2021). The influence of valence shifts in fear appeals on message processing and behavioral intentions: A moderated mediation model. PLoS One, 16(9), e0255113. doi:1371/journal.pone.0255113external icon
  • Sutherland, H., Recchia, G., Dryhurst, S., & Freeman, A. L. J. (2021). How People Understand Risk Matrices, and How Matrix Design Can Improve their Use: Findings from Randomized Controlled Studies. Risk Anal. doi:1111/risa.13822external icon
  • Wang, X., Shi, J., & Kong, H. (2021). Online Health Information Seeking: A Review and Meta-Analysis. Health Commun, 36(10), 1163-1175. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1748829external icon
  • Willoughby, J. F., & Brickman, J. (2021). Adding to the Message Testing Tool Belt: Assessing the Feasibility and Acceptability of an EMA-Style, Mobile Approach to Pretesting mHealth Interventions. Health Commun, 36(10), 1260-1267. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1750748external icon
  • Xu, Y., Margolin, D., & Niederdeppe, J. (2021). Testing Strategies to Increase Source Credibility through Strategic Message Design in the Context of Vaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy. Health Commun, 36(11), 1354-1367. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1751400external 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: September 29, 2021