Injury news coverage, relative concern, and support for alcohol-control policies: an impersonal impact explanation.
|Title||Injury news coverage, relative concern, and support for alcohol-control policies: an impersonal impact explanation.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Slater MD, Hayes AF, Chung AH|
|Journal||J Health Commun|
|Keywords||Accidents, Traffic, Adult, Alcohol Drinking, Crime, Female, Health Policy, Humans, Male, Mass Media, Middle Aged, Public Opinion, Risk Assessment, Social Perception, Violence, Wounds and Injuries|
Research on the impersonal impact hypothesis suggests that news (especially print) coverage of health and safety risks primarily influences perceptions of risk as a societal issue, and not perceptions of personal risk. The authors propose that the impersonal impact of news-impact primarily on concerns about social-level risks-will mediate effects of news stories on support for public health policies; such effects substantively matter as evidence suggests health policies, in turn, have important effects on protective behaviors and health outcomes. In an experiment using 60 randomly selected violent crime and accident news stories manipulated to contain or not contain reference to alcohol use as a causative factor, the authors find that the effect of stories that mention alcohol as a causative factor on support for alcohol-control policies is mediated by social-level concern and not by personal-level concern. In so doing, the authors provide a theoretical explanation as well as empirical evidence regarding the potential for news coverage-including breaking or episodic news-to influence health-related public policy.
|Alternate Journal||J Health Commun|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC4448972|
|Grant List||8UL1TR000090-05 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States |
AA10377 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
P30 CA16058 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
R01 AA010377 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States