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ERIC Number: EJ787526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
Everyday Health Communication Experiences of College Students
Baxter, Leslie; Egbert, Nichole; Ho, Evelyn
Journal of American College Health, v56 n4 p427-436 Jan-Feb 2008
Objective: The authors examined college students' day-to-day health communication experiences. Participants: A convenience sample of 109 midwestern university students participated in the study. Methods: The participants completed health communication diaries for 2 weeks, generating 2,185 records. Frequent health topics included nutrition and diet, minor health concerns, risky health practices, and body fitness. Results: Approximately 27% of health communication experiences involved the proactive seeking of health-related information or advice. Interpersonal venues (face-to-face, telephone, and e-mail) were evident in about 75% of the records, which were dominated by exchanges with friends and family members. The authors found modest interactions of topic, channel, and purpose. Conclusions: Congruent with the uses and gratifications theory, the authors found that satisfaction with and perceived impact of health communication experiences varied by topic, channel, relationship, and purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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