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The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being

International Perspectives on Theory and Research on Positive Media Effects

Edited by: Leonard Reinecke , Mary Beth Oliver

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138886582
eBook ISBN: 9781315714752
Adobe ISBN: 9781317501954

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The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being serves as the first international review of the current state of this fast-developing area of research. The volume provides a multifaceted perspective on the beneficial as well as the detrimental effects of media exposure on psychological health and well-being. As a "first-mover," it will define the field of media use and well-being and provide an essential resource for research and teaching in this area.

The volume is structured along four central considerations:

  • Processes presents concepts that provide a theoretical bridge between media use and well-being, such as psychological need satisfaction, recovery from stress and strain, self-presentation and self-enhancement, or parasocial interactions with media characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of the underlying processes that drive psychological health and well-being through media.
  • Moderators examines both risk factors that promote negative effects on well-being and protective factors that foster positive media effects.
  • Contexts bridges the gap between theory and "real life" by illustrating how media use can influence well-being and satisfaction in very different life domains, covering the full spectrum of everyday life by addressing the public, private, and work spheres.
  • Audiences takes a look at the influence of life phases and life situations on the interplay of media use and well-being, questioning whether various user groups differ with regard to the effects of media exposure.

Bringing together the expertise of outstanding international scholars from multiple disciplines, including communication, media psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and media education, this handbook sheds new light on the role of media in influencing and affecting emotions.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Media Use and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  2:  An Overview of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-being Concepts Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Time Well-Spent? Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Tie that Binds Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Mood Management Through Selective Media Use for Health and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Appreciation of Meaningful Entertainment Experiences and Eudaimonic Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Meaning, Mortality Salience, and Media Use Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Media Use and Recreation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Identification, TEBOTS, and Vicarious Wisdom of Experience Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Parasocial Interaction, Parasocial Relationships, and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From Moral Corruption to Moral Management Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Self-Efficacy Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Taking the Good with the Bad Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Flow Experiences and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Personality, Media, and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Of Sweet Temptations and Bitter Aftertaste Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Excessive and addictive use of the Internet Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Digital Stress Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Media, Youth, and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Role of Parents in Shaping the Influence of Media Exposure on Children’s Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  21:  A Digital Path to Happiness? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Political Well-Being and Media Use Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Friends and Lifesavers Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Well-Being in the Context of Health Communication and Health Education Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Media Use and Physical Fitness Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Media Use and Well-Being at the Work–Home Interface Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Spirituality, Media, and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Media Use and Youth Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Older Adults’ Media Use and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Gender Considerations of Media Content, Uses, and Impact on Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The Role of Media in the Well-Being of Racial and Ethnic Groups Download PDF
Chapter  32:  LGBT Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Cultural Differences in Media and Well-Being Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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