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Understanding the politics of your public Maria Len-Ríos

Abstract: Hispanics, or Latinos, are the largest U.S. minority group and are poised to play a key role in U.S. elections. Public relations practitioners who work in politics should be interested in what motivates young Latinos to participate in politics. This study reports the findings of a national non probability online survey conducted in July 2015 […]

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Dissecting the Root of Vaccine Misinformation on Pinterest Sungsu Kim, Michael Cacciatore & Yan Jin

Abstract: This study employs a quantitative content analysis approach to the issue of vaccines, analyzing a total of 1,000 vaccine-related pins posted by four anti-vaccine organizations (Mercola, Natural News, Health Impact News, and GreenMedInfo) on the social media platform “Pinterest”. Pinterest was chosen as a platform to explore given the high percentage of active female […]

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Important Tweets matter Kate Keib and Itai Himelboim

Abstract: This work looks at the intersection of emotion, content, and engagement when a topic of importance is discussed on social media. Based on a conceptual framework connecting the elements of social engagement – the content topic, the emotion used and the action taken – researchers used both content analysis and network analysis to study […]

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FRANK (scholar) Glen Nowak

Frank (scholar) is a one-day academic conference at the University of Florida. Thirty top scholars/researchers from various academic disciplines have been invited to this conference to focus on advancing the field of public interest communication.  The goals include building public interest communication as an academic field and fostering collaborations between researchers and practitioners. More information can […]

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Using virtual pets to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: A virtual pet in the form of a mid-sized dog was developed based on the framework of social cognitive theory and tested as a vehicle for promoting fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption in children. Three groups of children (N = 68) between the ages of 7-13 were studied: baseline (no treatment), computer only, and […]

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The Digital Patient Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: This chapter reviews the past and current trends of one particularly intriguing aspect of virtual worlds—virtual representations commonly known as avatars—in the context of health behavior change.  Despite the growing interest in the influence of virtual representations on health behaviors, there has been a surprising dearth of research exploring the use of virtual representations […]

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Building Trust Bryan H. Reber and Michael Cacciatore

Abstract: Trust is essential in dealing with publics. Since 2000, Edelman has measured what drives trust across organizations and countries, comparing the perceived importance of trust drivers between a group of developed economies and a group of emerging economies over a five-year timeframe. Overall, the longitudinal comparison from 2011 to 2015 examined which drivers — including […]

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Exploring the Impact of the U.S. Measles Outbreak on Parental Awareness and Support for Vaccination Michael Cacciatore, Glen Nowak & Nathaniel J. Evans

Cacciatore, M. A., Nowak, G., & Evans, N. (Forthcoming). Exploring the impact of the US measles outbreak on parental awareness and support for vaccinations. Health Affairs. Abstract: Despite consensus among health officials that childhood immunizations are a safe and effective means of protecting people from disease, there remains parent vaccine hesitancy. This hesitancy has been linked to lack of confidence in recommendedvaccinations as well as vaccine delay and refusal. Using a pair of national surveys of parents of children 5 […]

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