Designing Health Messages: Approaches from Communication Theory and Public Health Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

How do you design an effective message for a health campaign? This book explores this question from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The contributors demonstrate the necessity of basing message design decisions on appropriate theories of human behavior and communication effectiveness by synthesizing and integrating knowledge and insights from theory and research in communication and health behavior change. This book will be an essential aid to designing messages for use in health communication campaigns.

Moving people to behavior change/designing messages for behavioral inoculation/use of database marketing/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803953987
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 932,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Edward Maibach is a University Professor and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). In the Department of Communication, he teaches seminars in climate change communication, strategic communication, and social marketing. His research currently focuses exclusively on how to mobilize populations to adopt behaviors and support public policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change.
Dr. Maibach holds a BA in social psychology from University of California at San Diego (1980), an MPH in health promotion from San Diego State University (1983), and a Ph D in communication research from Stanford University (1990).
Dr. Maibach previously had the pleasure to serve as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International. He has also held academic positions at George Washington University and Emory University.
What students may not know about Dr. Maibach is that he helped plan a multi-billion dollar communication campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the late 1990s.

I emphasize the processes and outcomes associated with communication about health. My recent research focuses on the design of health messages to promote behavioral adaptation in situations where individuals are unable, unwilling, and/or unlikely to avoid situations and practices that put their health at risk. I have applied a behavioral adaptation approach to farmers' sun protection practices and am currently investigating its utility for involving the lay public in understanding the implications of human genetics research and information for personal well-being. I utilize a community-based approach in the dissemination of behavioral adaptation messages.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORY-DRIVEN APPROACHES TO HEALTH MESSAGE DESIGN
Motivation to Attend to Health Messages - Roxanne Louiselle Parrott
Presentation of Content and Linguistic Considerations
Encouraging Risk Reduction - David R Holtgrave, Barbara J Tinsley and Linda S Kay
A Decision-Making Approach to Message Design
Moving People to Behavior Change - Edward W Maibach and David Cotton
A Staged Social Cognitive Approach to Message Design
Fear Appeals in Health Promotion Campaigns - Jerold L Hale and James Price Dillard
Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?
Thinking Positively - Jennifer L Monahan
Using Positive Affect When Designing Health Messages
Designing Messages for Behavioral Inoculation - Michael Pfau
Reaching Young Audiences - Erica Weintraub Austin
Developmental Considerations in Designing Health Messages
Fishing for Success - Kim Witte
Using the Persuasive Health Message Framework to Generate Effective Campaign Messages
PART TWO: AUDIENCE-CENTERED STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH MESSAGE DESIGN
Using Research to Inform Campaign Development and Message Design - Glen J Nowak and Michael J Siska
Examples from the 'American Responds to AIDS' Campaign
Choosing Audience Segmentation Strategies and Methods for Health Communication - Michael D Slater
The Gatekeeping Process - John Mc Grath
The Right Combinations to Unlock the Gates
Use of Database Marketing and Consumer-Based Health Communication in Message Design - R Craig Lefebvre et al
An Example From the Office of Cancer Communication's '5 a Day for Better Health' Program
PART THREE: COMBINING THEORY AND PRACTICE: ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
Supplementing Health Campaign Messages - Sharon Lee Hammond
Recent Developments in Informing Patients about Their Prescription Drugs
Enabling Health - Roxanne Louiselle Parrott, Mary Louise Kahl and Edward W Maibach
Policy and Administrative Practices at a Crossroads

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Good, but not so attractive

    Although in a relatively novel field without a plenty references I was happy when I find 'Designing Health Messages', it was not so attractive because of its too elaborating, theoretical nature which prevented it to have practical attractions. Especially, dividing the book into two parts, the first primarily theoretical and the second practical, intensified this problem, even for academics, I think.

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