Review: Exposure to coronavirus news on mainstream media: The role of risk perceptions and depression

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Review: Exposure to coronavirus news on mainstream media: The role of risk perceptions and depression

Review: Exposure to coronavirus news on mainstream media: The role of risk perceptions and depression

This research article suggests that mainstream news coverage of COVID-19 can lead to depressive symptoms.

Researchers learned that a relationship exists between exposure to COVID-19 news on mainstream media and depressive symptoms. Those who perceived themselves to be vulnerable to COVID-19 were at greater risk of depressive symptoms after exposure to mainstream coverage of COVID-19, especially when framed negatively. Thus, researchers recommend that public health officials work with mainstream media to provide mental health resources to viewers, mainstream media provide more balanced information, and primary care providers screen for depressive symptoms with all their patients.

|2020-05-19T11:54:02-04:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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