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Communication Reports, 33(3) Highlights

Tuesday, September 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Cell phone addition, anxiety, and willingness to communicate in face-to-face encounters by Ryan Allred & David Atkin

Results from an online survey (N = 498) indicated that cell phone addiction was positively associated with experiences of anxiety, which in turn, was negatively associated with willingness to engage in face-to-face communication. These findings suggest cell phones may improve communication with distant others while also posing a potential threat to the quality of communication with co-present others.


The use of stigmatizing messaging in anti-obesity communications campaigns: Quantification of obesity stigmatization by Monique Mitchell Turner, Lindsay Ford, Victoria Somerville, Donna Javellana, Kelsey Rothera Day, & Maria Knight Lapinski

A content analysis of print advertisements (N = 182 posters) derived from 25 U.S.-based obesity-prevention campaigns showed 13.2% included stigmatizing elements. These stigmatizing advertisements were found in almost half (44%) of the 25 obesity-prevention campaigns analyzed. This implies a need for greater sensitivity training in the field to recognize obesity stigmatization, reduce usage of stigmatizing messaging, and consider the unintended consequences of communication campaigns.


Personal stories can shift climate change beliefs and risk perceptions: The mediating role of emotion by Abel Gustafson, Matthew T. Ballew, Matthew H. Goldberg, Matthew J. Cutler, Seth A. Rosenthal, & Anthony Leiserowitz

Two experiments tested the effects of a radio story on the climate change beliefs and risk perceptions of political moderates and conservatives. Both experiments found positive effects on global warming beliefs and risk perceptions, and Study 2 found these effects were mediated by emotional reactions of worry and compassion. These studies suggest personal stories can be a persuasive communication strategy.


Defining the relationship: An examination of sexual behaviors and relational contexts across tween, teen, and young adult US televisionby Leah Dajches & Jennifer Stevens Aubrey

A content analysis of a sample of U.S. tween, teen, and young-adult television programing in 2016 finds that sexual intercourse is most frequently depicted outside the context of committed relationships, suggesting television may help perpetuate hook-up culture through the frequent depiction of impersonal sexual encounters in shows targeting teens and young adults.


From #EndtheStigma to #RealMan: Stigma-Challenging Social Media Responses to NBA Players' Mental Health Disclosures(in press) by Scott Parrot, Andrew C. Billings, Samuel D. Hakim, & Patrick Gentile

The study examined 3,366 fan responses to the mental health disclosures of NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love in 2018 to unpack the extent to which fan commentary perpetuated or challenged the stigmatization of depression and anxiety. Fans provided overwhelmingly positive response to the athletes’ mental health disclosures, creating a normative environment in which disclosure translated into acceptance rather than rejection.


A closer look at young adult-parent relationships: Examining the demand/withdraw patterns and communication competence (in press) by Jenna LaFreniere

A survey of 280 young adult revealed that perceptions of each parent’s communication competence functioned as an explanatory mechanism linking the adverse effects of parents’ and young adults’ demand/withdraw behaviors and parent-young adult closeness. This finding underscores the significance of healthy relational

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