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Communication Studies

Communication Studies, 53(4). (2002). ISSN 0008-9575. Published quarterly by the Central States Communication Association. Subscription information: Terry M. Perkins; Speech Communication Department; Eastern Illinois University; Charleston, IL 61920.

This journal publishes “high-quality original scholarship focused centrally on human communication processes.” The winter 2002 issue presents a special issue devoted to Health Communication, the theme of Volume 21, #3 of Communication Research Trends, and so may hold special interest for those readers who wish to pursue that topic.

After an editor’s introduction (Jim L. Query, Jr., n.p.) that situates and defines the current issues in Health Communication research, the journal contains six research essays that address topics ranging from communication about HIV to campaigns against dangerous drinking:

  • Kathryn Greene and Sandra L. Faulkner, “Expected versus actual responses to disclosure in relationships of HIV-positive African-American adolescent females” (pp. 297-317);
  • Gary L. Kreps and Daria Chapelsky Massimilla, “Cancer communications research and health outcomes: Review and challenge” (pp. 318-336);
  • Marifran Mattson and Maria Brann, “Managed care and the paradox of patient confidentiality: A case study analysis from a communication boundary management perspective” (pp. 337-357);
  • Michael T. Stephenson, “Sensation seeking as a moderator of the processing of anti-heroin PSAs [public service announcements]” (pp. 358-380);
  • Lea P. Stewart, Linda C. Lederman, Mark Golubow, Joanne L. Cattafesta, Fern Walter Goodhart, Richard L. Powell, and Lisa Laitman, “Applying communication theories to prevent dangerous drinking among college students: The RU SURE campaign” (pp. 381-399);
  • Kelly S. McNeilis, “Assessing communication competence in the primary care medical interview” (pp. 400-428)