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Self-Affirmation  

Xiaoquan Zhao

Self-affirmation theory posits that people are motivated to maintain an adequate sense of self-integrity. It further posits that the self-system is highly flexible such that threats to one ... More

Sensation Seeking  

Nancy Grant Harrington

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May 2017
Sensation seeking is a biologically based personality trait that is characterized by the need to seek a variety of sensations and experiences and the willingness to take risks to achieve ... More

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

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Jun 2017
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

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

Kristin 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

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

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

Theories, Models, and Approaches of Reasoned Action and Integration in Health and Risk Messaging  

Marco Yzer

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Please check back later for the full article. The ... More

Theory of Mind and Communication in Health and Risk Messaging  

M. Jeffrey Farrar, Yao Guan, and Kaitlyn Erhardt

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May 2017
Humans live not only in a physical world but also in a mental world. Theory of mind reflects the understanding that the mind is comprised of different mental states, such as intentions, ... More

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