Selection and Evaluation of Media for Behavioral Health Interventions Employing Critical Media Analysis.


Journal Article

Although a growing number of psychosocial health promotion interventions use the critical analysis of media to facilitate behavior change, no specific guidelines exist to assist researchers and practitioners in the selection and evaluation of culturally relevant media stimuli for intervention development. Mobilizing Our Voices for Empowerment is a critical consciousness-based health enhancement intervention for HIV-positive Black young gay/bisexual men that employs the critical analysis of popular media. In the process of developing and testing this intervention, feedback on media stimuli was collected from youth advisory board members (n = 8), focus group participants (n = 19), intervention participants (n = 40), and intervention facilitators (n = 6). A thematic analysis of qualitative data resulted in the identification of four key attributes of media stimuli and participants' responses to media stimuli that are important to consider when selecting and evaluating media stimuli for use in behavioral health interventions employing the critical analysis of media: comprehension, relevance, emotionality, and action. These four attributes are defined and presented as a framework for evaluating media, and adaptable tools are provided based on this framework to guide researchers and practitioners in the selection and evaluation of media for similar interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, PA; Cherenack, EM; Jadwin-Cakmak, L; Harper, GW; Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions,

Published Date

  • January 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 156

PubMed ID

  • 28627319

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28627319

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-8399

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1524839917711384


  • eng