Benjamin Johnson Co-Authors Article on College Student Media Use While Coping with COVID-19
Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Media for Coping During COVID-19 Social Distancing: Stress, Anxiety and Psychological Well-Being” published in Frontiers in Psychology on Nov. 10.
Johnson, Allison Eden, Leonard Reinecke and Sara Grady, using data from a cross-sectional survey, examined the relationship between the stress and anxiety of university students and their strategic use of media for coping during initial social distancing periods in March-April 2020.
According to the authors, “We examined links between specific types of media use with psychological well-being concepts, and examined the moderating roles of traits (hope, optimism, and resilience) as buffers against negative relationships between stress and anxiety and psychological well-being. The findings give a nuanced portrait of college students’ media use during a pandemic-induced shutdown, showing that