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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication

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Edited By Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty and Shawn D. Long

Research on the dark side of communication has typically been studied from a single standpoint confined to a specific context. As an intradisciplinary project, this volume transcends the traditional unilateral perspective and focuses on a wide range of communication topics across a variety of contexts. From interpersonal communication, organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, and health communication, the book presents a collection of essays that merges theory with practical application.
Chapter contributors write candidly and unapologetically about how they and various populations under investigation mitigate a wealth of dark side behaviors spanning sexualization, cyberstalking, bereavement, and various illnesses.
The different perspectives offer a lens through which students and academics can enhance their understanding of how dark side behaviors are experienced and communicated. They enlighten our understanding of the dark side of human communication, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and inspire future studies that will advance the limitless inquisitions of contextual dark side research.

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Context 3: The Dark Side of Health Communication

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Context Three The Dark Side of Health Communication Exploring the Dark Side of Social Support among African Americans with Prostate Cancer Twelve Jason Thompson, Rockell Brown-Burton, and Devlon Jackson Statistics concerning men diagnosed with prostate cancer are alarming� According to latest data from the U�S� Cancer Statistic Working Group and reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), more than 209,292 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011� During that same year, 27,970 men died from the disease� The National Cancer Institute (n�d�) estimated that 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer would be diagnosed in 2014 and that more than 2,000,000 U�S� men would live with the diagnosis� Also, the American Cancer Society (2015) estimated that roughly 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in 2015 and that 27,540 men will likely die of the disease that year� For the African American community, the picture looks considerably bleaker than the general trends portray� More African Americans are diagnosed and subsequently die from prostate cancer than men of other ethnic groups (National Cancer Institute, n�d�)� Biological factors (e�g�, andro- gen receptor function) along with exposure to “higher levels of testosterone because of diet-related hormonal influences” (McIntosh, 1997, p� 188) are attributed to higher incidence of prostate cancer cases among African Americans (Farrell, Petrovics, McLeod, & Srivastava, 2013)� African Americans also tend to present with more advanced prostate cancer, making curative treatment less...

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