Health Communications Science Digest – April

April 2022 -- Vol. 13, 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
  • Arshanapally, S., Green, K., Slaughter, K., Muller, R., & Wheaton, D. (2022). Use of a Paid Digital Marketing Campaign to Promote a Mobile Health App to Encourage Parent-Engaged Developmental Monitoring: Implementation Study. JMIR Pediatr Parent, 5(2), e34425. doi:2196/34425external icon
  • Barnwell, P. V., Fedorenko, E. J., & Contrada, R. J. (2022). Healthy or not? The impact of conflicting health-related information on attentional resources. J Behav Med, 45(2), 306-317. doi:1007/s10865-021-00256-4pdf iconexternal icon
  • Basch, C. H., Basch, C. E., Hillyer, G. C., & Meleo-Erwin, Z. C. (2022). Social Media, Public Health, and Community Mitigation of COVID-19: Challenges, Risks, and Benefits. J Med Internet Res, 24(4), e36804. doi:2196/36804external icon
  • Brooks, S. P., Zimmermann, G. L., Lang, M., Scott, S. D., Thomson, D., Wilkes, G., & Hartling, L. (2022). A framework to guide storytelling as a knowledge translation intervention for health-promoting behaviour change. Implement Sci Commun, 3(1), 35. doi:1186/s43058-022-00282-6pdf iconexternal icon
  • Choi, Y., & Fox, A. M. (2022). 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, 27(6), 1331-1341. doi:1177/13591053211061413external icon
  • Fleary, S. A. (2022). Development and Validation of the Adolescent Media Health Literacy Scales: Rasch Measurement Model Approach. JMIR Pediatr Parent, 5(2), e35067. doi:2196/35067external icon
  • Folkvord, F., Snelting, F., Anschutz, D., Hartmann, T., Theben, A., Gunderson, L., . . . Lupiáñez-Villanueva, F. (2022). Effect of Source Type and Protective Message on the Critical Evaluation of News Messages on Facebook: Randomized Controlled Trial in the Netherlands. J Med Internet Res, 24(3), e27945. doi:2196/27945external icon
  • Frkovich, J., Hedrick, H., Anakaraonye, A. R., Bornkessel, A., & Lefebvre, R. C. (2022). Opioid-Related Public Health Communication Campaigns: An Environmental Scan. Am J Health Promot, 8901171221082471. doi:1177/08901171221082471external icon
  • Geiger, N. (2022). Do People Actually “Listen to the Experts”? A Cautionary Note on Assuming Expert Credibility and Persuasiveness on Public Health Policy Advocacy. Health Commun, 37(6), 677-684. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1862449external icon
  • Gillman, A. S., Scharnetzki, L., Boyd, P., Ferrer, R. A., Klein, W. M. P., & Han, P. K. J. (2022). Perceptions and tolerance of uncertainty: relationship to trust in COVID-19 health information and vaccine hesitancy. J Behav Med, 1-14. doi:1007/s10865-022-00302-9pdf iconexternal icon
  • Jiang, X., Hwang, J., Shah, D. V., Ghosh, S., & Brauer, M. (2022). News Attention and Social-Distancing Behavior Amid COVID-19: How Media Trust and Social Norms Moderate a Mediated Relationship. Health Commun, 37(6), 768-777. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1868064external icon
  • Kim, Y., & Chung, S. (2022). Risk-Likelihood Perceptions and Preventive Behaviors Against Infectious Diseases: Testing Different Types of Risk-Likelihood Perceptions in the Context of MERS and COVID-19. Health Commun, 1-14. doi:1080/10410236.2022.2059831external icon
  • Lu, H., & Yuan, S. (2022). Exploring the Sequencing Effects of Fear-Hope Appeals on Promoting MMR Vaccination. Health Commun, 1-9. doi:1080/10410236.2022.2054229external icon
  • Puhl, R. M., Lessard, L. M., Foster, G. D., & Cardel, M. I. (2022). A Comprehensive Examination of the Nature, Frequency, and Context of Parental Weight Communication: Perspectives of Parents and Adolescents. Nutrients, 14(8). doi:3390/nu14081562external icon
  • Riddell, J., Teal, G., Flowers, P., Boydell, N., Coia, N., & McDaid, L. (2022). Mass media and communication interventions to increase HIV testing among gay and other men who have sex with men: Social marketing and visual design component analysis. Health (London), 26(3), 338-360. doi:1177/1363459320954237external icon
  • Scull, T. M., Dodson, C. V., Geller, J. G., Reeder, L. C., & Stump, K. N. (2022). A Media Literacy Education Approach to High School Sexual Health Education: Immediate Effects of Media Aware on Adolescents’ Media, Sexual Health, and Communication Outcomes. J Youth Adolesc, 51(4), 708-723. doi:1007/s10964-021-01567-0pdf iconexternal icon
  • Simonovic, N., & Taber, J. M. (2022). Psychological Impact of Ambiguous Health Messages about COVID-19. J Behav Med, 45(2), 159-171. doi:1007/s10865-021-00266-2pdf iconexternal icon
  • Thompson, J., Squiers, L., Frasier, A. M., Bann, C. M., Bevc, C. A., MacDonald, P. D. M., & McCormack, L. A. (2022). Americans’ Attitudes Toward COVID-19 Preventive and Mitigation Behaviors and Implications for Public Health Communication. Am J Health Promot, 8901171221086962. doi:1177/08901171221086962external icon
  • Valentine, K. D., Wegier, P., Shaffer, V. A., & Scherer, L. D. (2022). The Impact of 4 Risk Communication Interventions on Cancer Screening Preferences and Knowledge. Med Decis Making, 42(3), 387-397. doi:1177/0272989×211039743external icon
  • van Meurs, T., Çoban, F. R., de Koster, W., van der Waal, J., & Oude Groeniger, J. (2022). Why are anti-smoking health-information interventions less effective among low-socioeconomic status groups? A systematic scoping review. Drug Alcohol Rev. doi:1111/dar.13466external 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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