Julie E Volkman

Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Publications (11)10.93 Total impact

  • 03/2014; , ISBN: 978-0415531863
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    ABSTRACT: Using the Theory of Motivated Information Management (TMIM) and the concept of desired informational support as a framework, this project examined factors in the information management process young adults employ in potential information seeking about illicit stimulant drug use with members of their social networks. One hundred and seventy-three individuals participated in the study. Results indicated that (a) uncertainty discrepancy and the desire for informational support covaried, and (b) uncertainty discrepancy, anxiety, and outcome expectancy had significant impacts on the efficacy judgments made by individuals with regard to potential information seeking with their social networks about their stimulant drug use. The study thus provides further evidence for the utility of TMIM as a framework for understanding health communication in regard to drug use, and suggests that desired informational support may be a useful addition to the model for this health issue.
    Health Communication 07/2012; · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • Roxanne Parrott, Volkman J.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the use of different narratives expressing positive or negative emotions, and varying the narrator's perspective on the arousal of discrete emotions, dominant cognitions, perceived evidence quality, and perceived message effectiveness related to osteoporosis behavioral intentions. Formative research led to the creation of narratives and selection of positive and negative emotions expressed. A 4 × 3 between‐subjects posttest design revealed positive relationships between judgments of evidence quality and perceptions of message effectiveness for predicting behavioral intentions toward osteoporosis prevention. In addition, arousing the emotions of fear and/or hope cued processing of osteoporosis narratives. The theoretical implications of these findings for the use of narratives as evidence and the application of findings for osteoporosis health messages are discussed.
    Human Communication Research 01/2012; · 1.84 Impact Factor
  • Chris R. Morse, Julie E. Volkman
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    ABSTRACT: Much of the research on mood and communication has failed to examine the potential social and interactive attributes of mood suggested by studies involving affective contagion. An experiment involving 63 dyads was conducted manipulating the mood of both individuals involved to investigate these issues. Results suggest that the mood of both individuals can potentially impact an individual within an interaction. The findings are discussed, and future directions are suggested.
    Communication Research Reports 10/2010; 27(4):330-342.
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    ABSTRACT: Geographic information systems (GIS) for cancer control present an innovative approach to health communication for comprehensive cancer control (CCC) planning. The ability to spatially depict multivariate views of cancer incidence, treatment site locations, transportation routes, and even environmental exposures within a map represents opportunities to involve communities in novel ways with cancer control. Communities may be involved strategically and/or as a goal in planning efforts. The experiences and perceptions of a near census of U.S. CCC program managers (N = 49) were examined to gain their insights about the compatibility of GIS mapping for CCC, the target audiences to be reached with maps as a CCC message, and relative advantages of this technology in its diffusion. Analysis includes a quantitative assessment of interviews and qualitative statements to illustrate these issues. Results suggest that GIS use for cancer control has the potential to build community capacity and social capital for communities as a way to reduce the cancer burden.
    Health Communication 04/2010; 25(3):276-85. · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The growth of geographic information systems (GIS) for comprehensive cancer control (CCC) planning activities has been documented. We examined concerns about use and derived principles for practice. A national survey of US CCC program managers (n = 49) was conducted. Results include statements and frequency of barriers to use GIS mapping for CCC. Uses of GIS for CCC activities have benefits, but must be considered within organizational frameworks designed to safeguard confidentiality of health information and community relationships. Education to guide understanding of and input into the decisions linked to GIS mapping can limit possible harms while advancing CCC aims.
    Journal of Cancer Education 03/2010; 25(1):55-60. · 0.88 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Cancer Education 01/2010; 25:55-60. · 0.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: One Healthy People 2010 objective is that 80% of women in the United States start a pregnancy with optimal levels of folic acid. This often requires women to use folic acid supplements preconceptionally to get adequate levels. Efforts to achieve the objective have resulted in a suboptimal floor effect at less than 50% of women. We advance a framework based on exemplification theory, identifying supplementation as an additive action in which two role models exemplify folic acid supplementation among women of reproductive age able to become pregnant (n = 1,258). The women were participants in Phase I of the Central Pennsylvania Women's Health Study (CePAWHS). One exemplar identified represents the positive habits aligned with supplementers considering a pregnancy sometime in their future, while the other resides in the exemplification of positive habits aligned with supplementers not considering a pregnancy sometime in their future but still able to become pregnant. Among women not considering a future pregnancy, daily green salad consumption, weekly fish consumption, having had a health care visit in the past year, and having had any ob/gyn visit in the past 2 years resulted in increased odds of folic acid supplement use in a multivariable model. In the same model, an increase in age resulted in increased odds of folic acid supplement use. Among women considering a future pregnancy, not smoking cigarettes, having higher levels of psychosocial stress, and having higher levels of interaction social support resulted in increased odds of folic acid supplement use in a multivariable model. In the same model, those who have had a health care visit in the past year, as well as those who have received pregnancy planning counseling, were also more likely to use a folic acid supplement. Implications for strategic communication are considered.
    Journal of Health Communication 07/2009; 14(4):366-83. · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    Julie E Volkman, Kami J Silk
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    ABSTRACT: Recent research indicates environmental factors and personal behaviors are related to breast cancer risk, but adopting a healthy lifestyle as early as adolescence can serve a protective function. To investigate perceptions of breast cancer risk and the environment, 10 focus groups (N = 91) were conducted with adolescent females (n = 55) and mothers (n = 36) across four counties in the Midwest, USA. The Uncertainty Management Theory provides a framework for discussing statements, and results suggest that uncertainty is maintained through ambiguity about environmental risk factors and breast cancer. Recommendations for prevention messages are presented.
    Journal of Health Psychology 12/2008; 13(8):1180-9. · 1.22 Impact Factor
  • Julie E Volkman, Marianne M Hillemeier
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined school nurses' communication with community physicians and its relationship to school nurse satisfaction with school health services. A stratified random sample of school nurses in Pennsylvania (N = 615) were surveyed about communication effectiveness with community physicians, satisfaction with school health services for students, perception of leadership, and students' health care needs. Additional information from national/state education data on student poverty, nurse-to-student ratio, and rural/urban location was included. Findings indicate that having a leadership role in influencing school health policy is related to school nurses' communication with community physicians and satisfaction with school health services. Effective communication with physicians was found to be a salient issue influencing satisfaction with school health services, suggesting the importance of stressing communication as well as leadership skills in school nurse education.
    The Journal of School Nursing 11/2008; 24(5):310-8. · 1.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Through a long history of cancer policies, public health has a foundation for cancer research and data to use in applying technological advancements for U.S. cancer control efforts. Geographic information systems (GIS) are one technology enabling the visualization of cancer risk patterns associated with incidence, mortality, and accessibility to care. U.S. Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) program directors were interviewed from 49 of 50 states to assess use and function of GIS tools for mapping data related to cancer control policies and practices. Interviews were coded to obtain frequencies of response associated with content domains mapped using GIS tools and the perceived relative advantages. Significant relationships were found between the mapping of behavioral risk factors, health care services, transportation access, and policy advantages identified by program managers. The mapping of cancer incidence, mortality, and staging, transportation access, and multiple layers of content were found to have significant associations with perceived research advantages. U.S. CCC program managers recognize several important advantages relating to health policy and research for use of GIS tools in cancer control efforts. The application of GIS in U.S. cancer control efforts is employed unevenly, suggesting the need for innovative policies to support accessibility.
    Health Policy 09/2008; 87(2):185-93. · 1.55 Impact Factor