1st Edition

Media Messages and Public Health A Decisions Approach to Content Analysis

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Media Messages and Public Health addresses the full range of methodological and conceptual issues involved in content analysis research, specifically focused on public health-related messages and behaviors. Uniquely tailored to the challenges faced by content researchers interested in the study of public health topics, coverage includes:

      • Conceptual and methodological foundations involved in the practice of content analysis research used to examine public health issues.
      • Measurement challenges posed by the broad range of media.
      • Use of content analysis across multiple media types.
      • The potential for individual differences in audience interpretation of message content.
      • Case studies that examine public health issues in the media to illustration the decisions that are made when developing content analysis studies.

    The volume concludes with a set of guidelines for optimal content analysis research, and suggests ways in which the field can accommodate new technologies and new ways of using media. Developed for researchers in communication, media, and public health, this unique resource demonstrates how the variety of decisions researchers make along the way allows the exploration of traditions, assumptions and implications for each varying alternative and ultimately advances the science of content analysis research.

    Part I Conceptual Issues Chapter 1 Using Theory to Inform Content Analysis Manganello Fishbein Chapter 2 Linking Content Analysis and Media Effects Research Dale Kunkel Part II Research Design Issues Chapter 3 Defining and Measuring Key Content Variables W. James Potter Chapter 4 Sampling and Content Analysis: An Overview of the Issues Amy Jordan and Jennifer Manganello Chapter 5 Reliability for Content Analysis Kimberly A. Neuendorf Chapter 6 Research Ethics in Content Analysis Nancy Signorielli Part III Case Studies Chapter 7 Teens and the New Media Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Srividya Ramasubramanian and Suzanne M. Martin Chapter 8 Sexually Explicit Content Viewed by Teens on the Internet Laura F. Salazar, Pamela J. Fleischauer, Jay M. Bernhardt and Ralph J. DiClemente Chapter 9 (De)coding television’s representation of sexuality: Beyond behaviors and dialogue Lynn Sorsoli, L. Monique Ward, and Deborah. L. Tolman Chapter 10 Linking Media Content to Media Effects: The RAND Television and Adolescent Sexuality Study Rebecca L. Collins, Marc N. Elliott, and Angela Miu Chapter 11 Health Messages on Prime time Television: A Longitudinal Content Analysis Sheila T. Murphy, Holley A. Wilkin, and Michael J. Cody Chapter 12 Receiver-Oriented Message Analysis: Lessons from Alcohol Advertising Erica Weintraub Austin Chapter 13 Violent Video Games: Challenges to Assessing Content Patterns Katherine M. Pieper, Elaine Chan, and Stacy L. Smith Part IV The Big Picture Chapter 14 The Audiences for Content Analysis Research D. Charles Whitney, Ellen Wartella, and Dale Kunkel Chapter 15 Advancing the Science of Content Analysis Amy Jordan, Jennifer Manganello, Dale Kunkel, and Martin Fishbein


    Amy B. Jordan (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is the director of the Media and the Developing Child research area of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies children’s media policy.

    Dale Kunkel (Ph.D., Annenberg School, University of Southern California) is Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona, where he studies children and media issues from diverse perspectives.

    Jennifer Manganello (M.P.H., Boston University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) is Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior at the University at Albany. Her research interests include children's health and media effects on policy and health behavior.

    Martin Fishbein (Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles) is the Harry C. Coles Jr. Distinguished Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include communication and persuasion.