An Examination of Information Behaviors Surrounding Controversial Sociopolitical Issues: Roles of Moral Emotions and Gender

CHENG HONG, WEITING TAO, Wan Hsiu SUNNY TSAI, BO RA YOOK

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Abstract

Given the emotion-laden nature and moral considerations of controversial sociopolitical issues, this study examines two key antecedents of publics’ information behaviors about controversial sociopolitical issues. We focus on the under researched emotional dimension by investigating the effects of moral emotions induced by such issues as well as a key demographic factor, gender, on publics’ information behaviors toward such issues. Results of this study highlight the significant influence of moral emotions and expand theoretical understanding of public advocacy on highly divisive issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4890-4912
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume14
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • controversial sociopolitical issues
  • gender
  • information behaviors
  • moral emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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