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Attention to the media and worry over becoming infected: the case of the Swine Flu (H1N1) Epidemic of 2009.
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PMID:  23030743     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This paper examines the relationship between attention to the mass media and concern about becoming infected with H1N1 in two nationwide random samples interviewed during the flu epidemic of 2009. The first sample (N = 1004) was taken at the end of the first wave of the outbreak in the US and the second sample (N = 1006) was taken as the second wave was accelerating. The data were gathered by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Over the period studied, the percentage worried about becoming infected increased in almost all social categories of respondents. With social category controlled, both those who followed the H1N1 outbreak closely and those who were more interested in reports about it were more likely to be worried about becoming infected. As time went on, interest in media reports declined, but worry over infection continued to increase. Our findings imply that despite the decrease in the percentage of the population expressing interest and following the news, media exposure was the most important factor as it explained the likelihood of being concerned about the possibility of infection.
Gustavo S Mesch; Kent P Schwirian; Tanya Kolobov
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sociology of health & illness     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-9566     ISO Abbreviation:  Sociol Health Illn     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8205036     Medline TA:  Sociol Health Illn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2012 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Sociology, University of Haifa, Israel Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States.
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