Mediated narratives, interactive technology, and health behaviors.

Can you use a TV soap or a game to promote health? What is the role and impact of health stories from celebrities, (blogging) patients and health organisations? How should health and media professionals work together? And what challenges do health communication scholars face? These and other questions were answered at the HealthNar closing symposium.

On March 23-24, 2017, the closing symposium of the European IRSES Health Narratives Network was organized at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).  On the first day, the potential of Entertainment-Education for health promotion was explored. On the second day, new technologies and new storytellers were put in the spotlights.

The symposium included keynote lectures, poster presentations, interactive sessions and a roundtable discussion. Several renowned scholars and field experts contributed.

The symposium invited health promotion practitioners, media professionals, health communication scholars, and health and media policymakers to participate. 

MIOS research presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association

The ICA's annual conference is one of the most important scientific conferences within communication studies.

Several studies of MIOS' researchers were presented during the conference, organised in Fukuoka on June 9-13, 2016.

  • Adolescents’ Online Peer Support on Cyberbullying: A Thematic Analysis of Online Support Group Fora. Sara Bastiaensens, Katrien Van Cleemput, Heidi Vandebosch, Karolien Poels, UAntwerp; Ann DeSmet & Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, UGhent

  • Nice or Naughty? Adolescents' Online Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior. Sara Erreygers & Heidi Vandebosch, UAntwerp; Ivana Vranjes, Elfi Baillien & Hans De Witte KULeuven

  • Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Adolescents’ Acceptance of Online Friendship Requests Sent by Online Strangers. Wannes Heirman, Anne Vermeulen, Kris Hardies 

  • Information Processing Style Moderates the Effect of Input Device on Pre- and Postpurchase Product Evaluations. Suzanne Overmars, Karolien Poels 

  • Short-Term, Middle-Term, and Long-Term Effectiveness of Coping Strategies Among Adolescent Victims of Cyberbullying. Sara Pabian

  • A Short-Term Longitudinal Investigation of the Role of Perceived Parental and Teacher Norms in Predicting Adolescents’ Cyberbullying Bystander Behavior. Sara Pabian 

  • Exposure to Cyberbullying as a Bystander: An Investigation of Desensitization Effects Among Early Adolescents. Sara Pabian, Heidi Vandebosch, Katrien Van Cleemput, Sara Bastiaensens 

  • Effects of Different Model Sizes in an Online Clothing Store on Self- and Product Evaluations. Karolien Poels, Suzanne Overmars, Shanice Engel

  • Narrative Methods in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying. Heidi Vandebosch

  • The Effects of Personal and Socioeconomic Characteristics on the Sharing of Personal Information About School on Facebook. Ellen Van Gool,  Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, Michel Walrave

  • Sexting: Adolescents' Perceptions of the Motives and Consequences of Engaging in the Behavior. Joris Van Ouytsel, Ellen Van Gool, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet

  • Exploring Adolescents’ Views on Social Networking Sites’ Role Within Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Dating Experiences. Joris Van Ouytsel, Ellen Van Gool, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet 

  • Prevalence and Characteristics of Online Slut-Shaming in Belgian Adolescent Girls. Kathleen Van Royen & Karolien Poels 

  • “I Feel … #happy #annoyed”: Experiencing and Regulating Emotions on Social Media. Anne Vermeulen, Wannes Heirman 

More information about the studies can be obtained from the authors.

For more information on the ICA annual conference, please check the association's website

 

MIOS' researchers presented their work at ICA's annual conference.

Researchers of MIOS presented their work at ICA's 2015 annual conference

Several studies of MIOS' researchers were presented during the annual conference of the International Communication Association, organised in Puerto Rico, May 21-25 2015.

The ICA's annual conference is one of the most important scientific conferences within communication studies.

The following papers were presented at ICA's annual conference:

  • Sexual Harassment on Social Networking Sites: Exploring Adolescent Views. Kathleen Van Royen, Karolien Poels,  Heidi Vandebosch
  • Dark Triad Personality Traits and Adolescent Cyber-Aggression. Sara Pabian, Charlotte De Backer, Heidi Vandebosch 
  • Short-Term Longitudinal Relationships Between Adolescents' (Cyber)bullying Involvement and Social Anxiety. Sara Pabian & Heidi Vandebosch
  • Children and Advertising on Social Network Games: A Structural Equation Model of Parental Media Mediation, Advertising Literacy, and Pester Intent. Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet
  • Older and Wiser? Privacy Concern and Protection of Facebook Users in the Life Stages of Adulthood. Evert Van den Broeck, Karolien Poels, Michel Walrave 
  • Harmonizing Freedom and Protection: Adolescents’ Voices on Automatic Monitoring of Social Networking Sites. Kathleen Van Royen & Karolien Poels

More information about the papers and our current research can be obtained from the authors.

For more information on the ICA annual conference, check the association's website. 

MIOS' research presented at ICA's 2014 annual conference

Several studies of MIOS' researchers presented their new research work during the annual conference of the International Communication Association, organised in Seattle, May 22-26 2014.

The ICA's annual conference is one of the most important scientific conferences within communication studies. In 2013 the conference was attended by 2800 participants.

The following papers were presented during the conference:

  • A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Serious Digital Games for Healthy Lifestyle Promotion.
    • Ann DeSmet, Wendy Van Lippevelde, Dimitri Van Ryckeghem, Sofie Compernolle, UGent; Sara Bastiaensens, Karolien Poels, Heidi Vandebosch, UAntwerp; Geert Crombez, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, UGent.
  • For Your Eyes Only, or for the Crowd to See? Bystander Behaviour Towards SNS Harassment.
    • Sara Bastiaensens, Heidi Vandebosch, Karolien Poels, Katrien Van Cleemput, UAntwerp; Ann DeSmet, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, UGent
  • ​Our Food Versus My Food: Investigating If and How Shared Food Practices During Childhood Relate to  Adult Prosocial Behavior Among Belgian and Taiwanese Students. 
    • Charlotte De Backer, Koen Ponnet, UAntwerp
  • ​Children’s Attitudinal and Behavioral Response to Advergaming: Product Involvement, Brand Attitude, and Persuasion Knowledge.
    • Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet, UAntwerp
  • Recall and Recognition of In-Game Advertising: The Impact of Game Control.
    • Laura Herrewijn, Karolien Poels, UAntwerp
  • Developmental Trajectories of (Cyber)Bullying Perpetration and Social Intelligence During Early Adolescence.
    • Sara Pabian, Heidi Vandebosch, UAntwerp
  • ​Self-Perceived Popularity, Perceived Peer Pressure, and Need for Popularity as Predictors of Adolescents' Use of the Mobile Phone for Making and Distributing Hurtful Pictures and Videos of Peers and  Teachers.
    • Mariek Vanden Abeele, UTilburg; Katrien Van Cleemput, Heidi Vandebosch, UAntwerp
  • Student Social Media Responses Towards a University Crisis.
    • Erik Snoeijers, Royal Military Academy; Karolien Poels, Colombine Nicolay, UAntwerp

More information about the papers and our current research can be obtained from the authors.

YOUTH 2.0: Connecting, Sharing and Empowering?

UCSIA & MIOS organized an international, multidisciplinary event on young people’s uses of social media in general and social network sites in particular (March 20-22 2013).

This two-day workshop investigated a number of questions related to children’s, adolescents’ and emerging adults’ use of social media in general and social network sites in particular. This international event consisted of keynote lectures, presentations in parallel sessions and debates by senior and junior scholars.

The event was centered around four main themes: 'identity construction', 'social relations', 'interests at stake' and 'supporting and empowering'. For a more detailed overview of issues that were covered you can check the conference website.

A selection of best papers will be published as an edited volume with Springer. The book will be entitled Youth 2.0: Social Media and Adolescence

In 2010, UCSIA & MIOS organized eYouth. The conference book was published with PIE Peter Lang publishers.

 

MIOS research presented at ICA's 2013 annual conference

At the annual conference of the International Communication Association held in London (June 17-21 2013), MIOS researchers presented several studies.

Suzanne Overmars and Karolien Poels presented their study "How Product Representation Shapes Virtual Experiences and Repatronage Intention".

Our team presented also current research we're conducting on cyberbullying and on adolescents' online self-disclosure:

On adolescents self-dislcosure and related risks, Michel Walrave and Wannes Heirman presented the study entitled "Under pressure to sext? Applying the Theory of Planned Behaviour on Adolescents’ Sexting" and, together with co-author Koen Ponnet, the paper "Predicting Adolescents’ Disclosure of Personal Information in Exchange for Commercial Incentives: An Application of an Extended Theory of Planned Behavior".

Our team presented several studies on cyberbullying:

  • Katrien Van Cleemput, Sara Pabian and Heidi Vandebosch presented their paper entitled "Bystanders of Cyberbullying: Personal Characteristics and Contextual Factors That Determine 'Helping','Joining In', and 'Doing Nothing'".
  • "Determinants of Bystander Behaviour in Cyberbullying Incidents Amongst Adolescents" was co-authored by Ann DeSmet (UGhent) Sara Bastiaensens, Katrien Van Cleemput, Karolien Poels, Heidi Vandebosch and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij (UGhent).
  • The paper "Who Bullies Who Online: A Social Network Analysis of Cyberbullying in a School Context" by Denis Wegge, Heidi Vandebosch and Steven Eggermont (KULeuven) was presented.
  • "Modeling Proximal Determinants of Cyberbullying Perpetration" was co-authored by Sara Pabian and Heidi Vandebosch.

ICA is one of the most important annual scientific conferences within communication studies. This year the conference was attended by 2800 participants.

More information about the papers and our current research can be obtained from the authors.