Special Issue "Media Use and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: media use and health information diffusion; immigrants’ health communication; media effects on health, culture, and health
Interests: immigrant health; mindfulness science; health communication
Interests: public health; preventive medicine; integrated care; social inequalities in health; E-health and M-health; social pediatrics; social geriatrics
Globally, media have been used by various age groups to fulfill different needs such as stress relief, seeking and/giving information and social support, entertainment, and learning. The increasing exposure and usage of media have direct and indirect impacts on mental and physical health at individual, group, and community levels. The affordances of media provide different methods of communication: one to many (e.g., TV), one to one (e.g., instant messaging), and many to many (e.g. social media). These various forms of communication allow media to influence societies at different scales. Individuals’ time spent on media can replace their time for face-to-face interaction with others and their time for physical activities. The contents of media can influence individuals’ knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, related to health. Health information on both traditional and social media can shape social discussions on health topics and inform policy-making. The effective use of media for health campaigns can make positive changes in the community health. This Special Issue seeks to examine the increasingly important role that media play in community health. We welcome submissions that explore various ways of using media for health communication and media effects on health in diverse sociocultural contexts from different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives.
The topical areas will include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Screen time and child development;
- Social media’s role in health information dissemination and health promotion;
- Video gaming’s effects on physical, mental, and psychological well-being;
- Social media’s role in public health crisis management;
- Media campaigns, health behavior, and health outcomes;
- Mobile media and health behavior;
- Telehealth and telemedicine;
- Media and health in low-resource contexts;
- Media and health disparities;
- Determinants of screen time and media use;
- Media use and health literacy.
Prof. Yuping Mao
Prof. Lu Shi
Prof. Hein Raat
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- media use
- health promotion
- health literacy
- media campaign