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dc.contributor.authorHovick, Shelly R.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents a revised version of the Theory of Motivated Information Management and tests it in the context of family health history. A survey of engaged individuals was undertaken to understand how factors such as uncertainty, expectations for information search, efficacy and emotion influence decisions and strategies for obtaining family health histories. This study provided support for a revised Theory of Motivated Information Management model. Results showed anxiety mediated the relationship between uncertainty discrepancies and direct information seeking. Communication efficacy was also shown to act as a moderator of the relationship between anxiety and direct information. The study found that lower anxiety levels facilitated intention to directly seek information when communication efficacy was high. Additionally, it was shown that family health problems, illness, and death most often prompted conversations about family health history and that mothers are approached first for family health information.
dc.subjectTheory of Motivated Information Management, Information seeking, Health communication, Family health history, Efficacy, Uncertainty, Uncertainty Management Theory, Anxiety
dc.titleSeeking family health information
dc.title.alternativea test of the revised Theory of Motivated Information Management
dc.description.departmentSpeech Communication
dc.description.majorSpeech Communication
dc.description.advisorVicki Freimuth
dc.description.committeeVicki Freimuth
dc.description.committeeLijiang Shen
dc.description.committeeJerold Hale
dc.description.committeeDavid M. Dejoy
dc.description.committeeCeleste Condit

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