Integrated connection to neighborhood storytelling network, education, and chronic disease knowledge among African Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles

Yong-Chan Kim, Meghan B. Moran, Holley A. Wilkin, Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach

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Abstract

Combining key ideas from the knowledge-gap hypothesis and communication infrastructure theory, the present study aimed to explain the relations among individuals' education, access to community-based communication resources, and knowledge of chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, and prostate cancer) among African Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles. Rather than explore the effect of isolated communication resources, this study explored the effect of an integrated connection to community-based storytellers on chronic disease knowledge. The authors hypothesized that individuals' access to a community-based communication infrastructure for obtaining and sharing information functions as an intervening step in the process where social inequality factors such as education lead to chronic disease knowledge gaps in a local community context. With random samples of African Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles, the authors found that access to community-based communication resources plays a mediating role in the case of breast cancer and diabetes knowledge, but not in hypertension and prostate cancer knowledge. The authors discussed these findings on the basis of communication infrastructure theory and knowledge-gap hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-415
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 1

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Los Angeles
Hispanic Americans
African Americans
Chronic Disease
Education
Communication
Disease
knowledge gap
communication
cancer
Prostatic Neoplasms
education
community
hypertension
infrastructure
Medical problems
chronic illness
resources
Breast Neoplasms
Hypertension

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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