International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 6, Issue 6 (2020)

Influence of newspaper coverage of covid-19 on the health behavior of southeast residents of Nigeria


Ajibo Donatus Uchenna, Asogwa Fidelis Ogbonnaya, Ezeorah Ifeanyichukwu Gabriel

One of the fundamental functions of the mass media is the dissemination of information that affects the lives of their audience. Coronavirus as one of these issues has paralyzed many aspects of the human population that even highly developed countries are battling to contain the pandemic. Consequently, this study assessed the influence of newspaper coverage of Covid-19 on the health behavior of southeast residents of Nigeria. The study used a survey research method while the questionnaire was the instrument of data collection. The sample size was 400 obtained through Taro Yamane while media dependency theory was used to explain the study. Results from the study show that the majority of the respondents use Daily Sun to read about coronavirus while their level of knowledge is high. It was also discovered that exposure to newspaper coverage of covid-19 helped the respondents to adopt positive health behaviors in the face of the pandemic. The paper recommends among other things that further studies should be done in other regions in the country so that we can have a holistic understanding of newspaper influence on the readers regarding the pandemic.
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How to cite this article:
Ajibo Donatus Uchenna, Asogwa Fidelis Ogbonnaya, Ezeorah Ifeanyichukwu Gabriel. Influence of newspaper coverage of covid-19 on the health behavior of southeast residents of Nigeria. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2020, Pages 105-112
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research