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|Title:||Can press freedom enhance the effect of news exposure on COVID-19 health beliefs? A health belief model perspective||Authors:||Goh, Zhang Hao
Tandoc, Edson C.
Salmon, Charles Thomas
Kim, Hye Kyung
|Keywords:||Social sciences::Communication||Issue Date:||2022||Source:||Goh, Z. H., Tandoc, E. C., Salmon, C. T., Kim, H. K. & Shi, J. (2022). Can press freedom enhance the effect of news exposure on COVID-19 health beliefs? A health belief model perspective. Health Communication, 1-9. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2022.2056981||Journal:||Health Communication||Abstract:||News media can influence citizens' health beliefs about COVID-19 and eventually their vaccination intention. However, existing literature has rarely investigated how such effect is contingent upon a country-level factor: press freedom. Situated in the Health Belief Model, this study draws upon a multi-national survey (N = 3,599), involving 10 major cities in Asia to address the research gap. Results showed that news exposure has a positive effect on personal health beliefs on COVID-19, affecting their vaccination intention. More interestingly, the relationship between news exposure and personal health beliefs about COVID-19 was negatively moderated by level of press freedom - that is, the relationship between news exposure and personal health beliefs is stronger in cities that belong to countries with low levels of press freedom.||URI:||https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162120||ISSN:||1041-0236||DOI:||10.1080/10410236.2022.2056981||Rights:||© 2022 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.||Fulltext Permission:||none||Fulltext Availability:||No Fulltext|
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