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Romantic motivations for social media use, social comparison, and online aggression among adolescents Maria Len-Ríos

Abstract: This study examines whether adolescent motivations for social media use, social comparison tendencies and gender are related to online aggression victimization and/or perpetration. Results of a hierarchical multiple regression conducted on data from a national cross-sectional survey of middle adolescents (N = 340) reveals that social media use, romantic motivations, social belongingness motivations and […]

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Image and framing effects on perceptions of self-efficacy and body satisfaction Maria Len-Ríos and Yen-I Lee

Abstract: This study, in the context of encouraging participants to enroll in a company’s employee wellness program, uses gain-loss framing (Rothman & Salovey, 1997) and social comparison theory (Festinger, 1954) to examine the effects of messages on participant perceptions of self-efficacy for maintaining a healthy weight, consuming healthful foods and body satisfaction. A 2 (framing: […]

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Advertising a Health Product Brand on Facebook Joe Phua

Abstract: The current study examined the effects of 3 types of Facebook reaction icons (positive, neutral, negative) and valence of comments (positive, neutral, negative) on brand attitude, trust, information seeking, purchase intention, and eWOM intention towards a health brand. Additionally, the study also assessed potential moderating effects of social media use on the relationship between […]

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E-Cigarette Marketing on Social Networking Sites Joe Phua

Abstract: Applying elaboration likelihood model (ELM) and extant literature on consumer-brand engagement (CBE), this study examined exposure to three types of electronic cigarette (e-cig) marketing messages (sponsored ads, brand pages, user-created groups) on social networking sites (SNSs), and their joint influence on brand- and health-related outcomes. Results (N=1016) indicated that e-cig users who joined user-created […]

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How Chinese New Media Construct Elite Female Athletes Peggy Kreshel

Abstract:  Sport around the world is principally organized around masculinity, and women athletes are often afforded limited coverage in sports media. In this study, I examined media representations of two Chinese female athletes of different status in China, a nation in the midst of a social transformation and a sports-reform initiative: state athlete, Ding Ning, […]

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Comparative Research in Public Relations Michael Cacciatore

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the Global Study of Leadership in Public Relations and Communication Management (Berger & Meng, 2014) (a.k.a., the “Global Leadership Study”), a survey of more than 4,000 practitioners across 23 countries and nine languages. The presentation will specifically discuss the challenges associated with coordinating a multi-country data collection from one […]

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Exploring the Role of Social Support in Promoting Patient Participation in Health Care among Women with Breast Cancer Jeong-Yeob Han

Abstract: Scholars have adopted Street’s (2003) ecological model of medical communication to investigate the factors promoting patient participation in health care.  However, factors demonstrated in the ecological model were bounded in the context of medical care between physicians and patients. Social factors, such as patients’ relationships and supportive communication with others outside the context of […]

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A Longitudinal Investigation of Empathic Exchanges in Online Cancer Support Groups Jeong-Yeob Han and Yen-I Lee

Abstract: Although recent empirical findings have suggested evidence of expression effect over reception effect, there remain both theoretical and methodological complexities concerning whether and under what condition message expression and reception exert influence on various psychosocial outcomes. Relying on social support theory and computational social science approaches, this study aims to examine the effects of […]

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Virtual Experiences in Virtual Spaces Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: Research on the Proteus Effect suggests that embodying an avatar causes one to take on characteristics of that avatar, resulting in residual effects of the virtual experience that impact behavioral changes in the physical world. The present study tests whether a personality trait, narcissism, can be manipulated via the Proteus Effect, resulting in changes […]

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The Proteus Effect, narcissism, and consumer behavior. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: Research on the Proteus Effect suggests that embodying an avatar causes one to take on characteristics of that avatar, resulting in residual effects of the virtual experience that impact behavioral changes in the physical world. The present study tests whether a personality trait, narcissism, can be manipulated via the Proteus Effect, resulting in changes in […]

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