Featured Scholar: Sandra Petronio, PhD
Professor; Senior Affiliate Faculty
Managing Our Communication: Privacy, Disclosure, and Confidentiality
In our everyday life, we see examples of privacy breakdowns. Nevertheless, we also know that people value their private information and presume rights of ownership and control over this information. While these situations seem paradoxical, Dr. Sandra Petronio’s Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory and research identify a systematic way to understand the puzzle of privacy management from a social-behavioral perspective. Grasping how people make decisions to confide, disclose, or protect private information is guided by a clear set of evidenced-based principles.
As the website for the new Communication Privacy Management Center illustrates, there are numerous studies using CPM theory and research across and within contexts such as families, healthcare, social media, organizations, and business. Researchers from 11+ countries have conducted CPM-based research adding an important dimension to understanding privacy management. CPM theory is geared toward providing a vehicle to translate research into practice thereby increasing ways people can utilize research findings. Consistently, the body of CPM research and translations illustrate the viability of the theory and emphasize how people can repair breakdowns thereby working to sustain ownership and control over their private information. Check out the CPM Center website for more information: www.cpmcenter.iupui.edu.
Dr. Petronio’s work to understand how people manage private information is another example of how IUPUI faculty are TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.
Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks
With several research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Dr. Petronio has made translational research knowledge available to professionals, researchers, students, and communities around the world.
Petronio, S., & Child, J. T. (2020). Conceptualization and operationalization: Utility of communication privacy management theory. Current Opinion in Psychology, 31, 76–82. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/21434
Bute, J. J., Petronio, S., & Torke, A. M. (2015). Surrogate decision makers and proxy ownership: challenges of privacy management in health care decision making. Health Communication, 30(8), 799–809. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/7381
Fritch, J., Petronio, S., Helft, P. R., & Torke, A. (2013). Making Decisions for Hospitalized Older Adults: Ethical Factors Considered by Family Surrogates. The Journal of clinical ethics, 24(2), 125. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3707
Petronio, S., Torke, A., Bosslet, G., Isenberg, S., Wocial, L., & Helft, P. R. (2013). Disclosing Medical Mistakes: A Communication Management Plan for Physicians. The Permanente Journal, 17(2), 73. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3715
Petronio, S., DiCorcia, M. J., & Duggan, A. (2012). Navigating ethics of physician-patient confidentiality: a communication privacy management analysis. The Permanente Journal, 16(4), 41. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3716
Torke, A. M., Petronio, S., Purnell, C. E., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., & Callahan, C. M. (2012). Communicating with Clinicians: The Experiences of Surrogate Decision‐Makers for Hospitalized Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(8), 1401-1407. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3714
Torke, A. M., Petronio, S., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., & Purnell, C. (2012). A conceptual model of the role of communication in surrogate decision making for hospitalized adults. Patient education and counseling, 87(1), 54-61. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3713
Torke, A. M., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., Petronio, S., Purnell, C., Hui, S., & Callahan, C. M. (2011). Timing of Do‐Not‐Resuscitate Orders for Hospitalized Older Adults Who Require a Surrogate Decision‐Maker. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(7), 1326-1331. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3710
Petronio, S. (1999). 'Translating scholarship into practice': An alternative metaphor. Journal Of Applied Communication Research, 27(2), 87. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3394