1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being International Perspectives on Theory and Research on Positive Media Effects

Edited By Leonard Reinecke, Mary Beth Oliver Copyright 2016
    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being serves as the first international review of the current state of this fast-developing area of research. The volume provides a multifaceted perspective on the beneficial as well as the detrimental effects of media exposure on psychological health and well-being. As a "first-mover," it will define the field of media use and well-being and provide an essential resource for research and teaching in this area.

    The volume is structured along four central considerations:

    • Processes presents concepts that provide a theoretical bridge between media use and well-being, such as psychological need satisfaction, recovery from stress and strain, self-presentation and self-enhancement, or parasocial interactions with media characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of the underlying processes that drive psychological health and well-being through media.

    • Moderators examines both risk factors that promote negative effects on well-being and protective factors that foster positive media effects.

    • Contexts bridges the gap between theory and "real life" by illustrating how media use can influence well-being and satisfaction in very different life domains, covering the full spectrum of everyday life by addressing the public, private, and work spheres.

    • Audiences takes a look at the influence of life phases and life situations on the interplay of media use and well-being, questioning whether various user groups differ with regard to the effects of media exposure.

    Bringing together the expertise of outstanding international scholars from multiple disciplines, including communication, media psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and media education, this handbook sheds new light on the role of media in influencing and affecting emotions.

    Table of Contents I. Introduction: What is well-being?1Leonard Reinecke andMary Beth OliverMedia Use and Well-Being: Status Quo and Open Questions2Veronika HutaAn Overview of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-being Concepts3C. Scott Rigby andRichard M. RyanTime Well-Spent? Motivation for Entertainment Media and its Eudaimonic Aspects Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory II. Processes: Psychological Mechanisms Connecting Media Use and Well- Being4Robin Nabi and Abby PrestinThe Tie that Binds: Reflecting on Emotion’s Role in the Relationship between Media Use and Subjective Well-Being5Melissa J. Robinson and Silvia Knobloch-WesterwickMood Management Through Selective Media Use for Health and Well-Being6Anne Bartsch andMary Beth OliverAppreciation of Meaningful Entertainment Experiences and Eudaimonic Well-Being7Diana RiegerMeaning, Mortality Salience, and Media Use8Leonard Reinecke and Allison EdenMedia Use and Recreation: Media-induced Recovery as a Link between Media Exposure and Well-Being9Mike Slater andJonathan CohenIdentification, TEBOTS, and Vicarious Wisdom of Experience: Narrative and the Self10Tilo HartmannParasocial Interaction, Parasocial Relationships, and Well-Being11Sven Joeckel andLeyla DogruelFrom Moral Corruption to Moral Management – Media’s Influence on People’s Morality and Well-Being12Christoph KlimmtSelf-Efficacy: Mediated Experiences and Expectations of Making a Difference13Catalina TomaTaking the


    Leonard Reinecke is Assistant Professor of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

    Mary Beth Oliver is Professor of Communication at the Pennsylvania State University.