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Social-Ecological Approaches to Health and Risk Messaging  

Kirsty Williamson

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Nov 2016
Before health and risk messaging can have the best possible effect, there needs to be an understanding of what might influence health and associated risky behaviors. A wide range of ... More

Social Influence Processes and Health Outcomes in Alcoholics Anonymous  

Kevin Wright

Social influence processes play an important role in the recovery process for alcoholics who affiliate with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Group norms at AA emphasize the sharing of stories ... More

Social Marketing Applied to Health and Risk Messaging  

R. Craig Lefebvre and P. Christopher Palmedo

Many ideas about best practices for risk communication share common ground with social marketing theory and practice: for example, segmentation, formative research, and a focus on ... More

Social Media and Intergroup Communication  

Caleb T. Carr

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Aug 2017
Social media are increasingly ubiquitous communicative channels, used to create and maintain groups. Bearing several commonalities with computer-mediated communication more broadly, social ... More

Social Media for Healthcare Communication  

S. Anne Moorhead

Social media used for communication purposes within healthcare contexts is increasing and becoming more acceptable. The users of social media for healthcare communication include members ... More

Social Media in Mainland China: Weak Democracy, Emergent Civil Society  

Jingsi Christina Wu and Kara S. Alaimo

In August 2016, on the heels of the summer heat surrounding the Olympics, a major celebrity family scandal gripped mainland China. The nation watched closely as a well-known actor ... More

Social Movement Media and Media Activism  

John D. H. Downing

Social movements are the matrix of many forms and formats (technologies, genres) of media that contest dominant power. Such media are in many ways the lifeblood of such movements. Media ... More

Social Psychological Approaches to Intergroup Communication  

Katharine H. Greenaway, Cindy Gallois, and S. Alexander Haslam

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Aug 2017
Communication and social psychology have much in common. Both fields seek to answer basic questions about human behavior: how do we persuade and influence others? How do we develop and ... More

Source Credibility, Expertise, and Trust in Health and Risk Messaging  

Kristin Page Hocevar, Miriam Metzger, and Andrew J. Flanagin

Our understanding and perceptions of source credibility significantly drive how we process health and risk messages, and may also influence relevant behaviors. Source credibility is ... More

Space in Critical Communication Studies  

Donovan Conley

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Nov 2018
Few concerns in critical-cultural approaches to communication intersect with as many adjacent fields of inquiry as does “space.” To talk about space is to share a conversation with ... More

Speech and Debate  

Michael Chouinard and Daniel Cronn-Mills

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Sep 2017
The words speech and debate hold a variety of connotations. For some, they refer to the dissemination or exchange of ideas in a general sense, while others will be more familiar with ... More

Spiral of Silence in Health and Risk Messaging  

Sherice Gearhart

The spiral of silence theory provides insight into the ways in which perceptions of public opinion can lead to changes in opinion expression behavior. Conceptualized in a political ... More

Sport and Intergroup Communication  

Andrew C. Billings and Fei Qiao

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Oct 2016
Sports are often the source of our greatest—and clearest—group affiliations; yet, sports are often the most evident examples of outgroup derogation as well through the magnification of ... More

Sports Journalism  

Peter English

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Jun 2018
Sports journalism is a popular area of contemporary media that has a long history of delivering results, analysis, and opinion to both broad and specialized audiences. Like other media, it ... More

Statistical Evidence in Health and Risk Messaging  

Mike Allen

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Jan 2017
Persuasive messages use statistical evidence in order to convince an audience to accept a conclusion. Statistical evidence represents a compilation of experiences structured and collected ... More

Stigma and Health/Risk Communication  

Rachel A. Smith, Xun Zhu, and Madisen Quesnell

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Jun 2016
Stigmas are profoundly negative stereotypes of a social group and its members that have diffused and normalized throughout a community. Being marked as a member of a stigmatized group does ... More

Structuration Theory and Health and Risk Messaging  

Joel Iverson, Tomeka Robinson, and Steven J. Venette

Risk can be defined using a mathematical formula—probability multiplied by consequences. An essential element of risk communication is a focus on messages within organizations. However, ... More

Stuart Hall and Communication Studies  

Toby Miller

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Jul 2017
Stuart Hall was a Jamaican-born, British-based theorist, critic, and activist, who flourished between the late 1950s and his death in 2014. Known both for his theoretical and empirical ... More

Substance Abuse Prevention Message Generation: Engaging Adolescents in Health Message Planning and/or Production of Health Promotion Messages  

Smita C. Banerjee and Kathryn Greene

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Sep 2016
Adolescent substance use remains a significant public health challenge, with recent approaches to address these problems including actively engaging adolescents in message planning and/or ... More

Supportive Communication Providers for Chronic Disease Management  

Kristin L. Farris and Maureen P. Keeley

Social support in the context of chronic illness management is important, as individuals diagnosed with these conditions and their loved ones often experience increased distress, reduced ... More

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