How Video Streamers’ Mental Health Disclosures Affect Viewers’ Risk Perceptions

Yu Hao Lee*, Chien Wen Yuan, Donghee Yvette Wohn

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

2 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

Celebrities’ self-disclosures about their mental health issues can enhance public awareness of mental illness such as depression. As online live streaming becomes a popular choice for media entertainment, microcelebrities such as video streamers may have similar influence over their audience. Using an online survey (N = 474), this study examined how exposure to streamers’ depression disclosures affected the viewer’s perceptions toward the streamers and depression. We also examined how parasocial relationships, parasocial interactions, and identification with streamers were associated with 1) the viewers’ perceived authenticity and credibility toward the streamers, 2) as well as increases in the viewers’ perceived prevalence, risk susceptibility, and risk severity about mental health. The study demonstrates a strong association between streamers’ health disclosures and public awareness regarding depression. The study extends previous studies around celebrity influencers as a promising opportunity for reducing social stigma around mental health discussions. The study also advances our theoretical understanding of microcelebrities’ social influence in a new media context.

原文英語
期刊Health Communication
DOIs
出版狀態接受/付印 - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 健康(社會科學)
  • 通訊

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