About this Research Topic
The aim of this Research Topic is to explore the concept of blame in COVID-19 risk communication from a variety of perspectives in order to inform public policy and develop effective risk communication strategies.
- The conceptualization and theorization of COVID-19 related blame, including from a health, social and personality psychology standpoint, and why blame exists in risk communication and translation
- The theoretical underpinnings of the mechanism of blame in COVID-19 risk communication
- The consequences of COVID-19-related blame at various societal levels, including those of individuals, social groups, organizations, and systems
- Sociological, psychological and behavioral factors that influence blame projection in pandemics
- Societal approaches to preventing and reducing blame and its consequences in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Social psychological approaches to risk communication, public health, and understanding blame related to COVID-19 (including social identity approaches).
- Lessons to be learnt and strategies for improved risk communication in pandemics
- Analysis of media message and risk communication strategies
- Innovative approaches to risk communication (such as those involving new technologies and AI)
This Research Topic welcomes contributions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including:
· communication ethics
· cultural studies
· health communication
· health and social psychology
· international relations
· media studies
· medical anthropology
· medical humanities
· medical sociology
· political communication
· political science
· public health
· public policy
· risk communication
· social media studies
· sociology, race and ethnicity studies
While we particularly encourage empirical research and theoretical and systematic review papers, mini-reviews and well-written narrative papers, especially those using up to date evidence, will also be considered. Strong opinion and perspective papers may also be submitted.
Keywords: COVID-19, blame, risk communication, public health, social psychology
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