The role of individual differences and involvement on attitudes toward animal welfare

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dc.contributor.author Powell, Gwendolen Mair
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-24T20:20:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-24T20:20:57Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-24T20:20:57Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4235
dc.description.abstract Previous research has indicated that many factors influence the likelihood of using the central or peripheral routes of processing during exposure to a persuasive message, including involvement in the message. Previous research has generally focused on response involvement, which is based on outcome, while the focus of the present study is involvement based on personal investment. In the present study, 229 undergraduates were assessed on their trait empathy toward animals, and attitudes toward animals. They read a strong or weak persuasive message presented by either an attractive or less attractive writer. This design replicated previous findings by Bae (2008) on empathy and attitude change, and extended them by examining them experimentally, with a focus on issue-based involvement, which relies on moral or ego involvement. Participants were tested on several distinct DVs designed to indicate their change in attitude and behavior. Results varied for each DV, with source attractiveness predicting willingness to wear a button and display a bumper sticker, but with trait empathy predicting willingness to adopt a pet and vote to support a petition. The results imply that participants relied on different routes of processing depending on the DV, and that the role of emotion in issue involvement may inform advertisers in ways to effectively increase the likelihood of paying attention to a message. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject persuasion en_US
dc.subject elaboration likelihood model en_US
dc.subject animals en_US
dc.subject animal welfare en_US
dc.title The role of individual differences and involvement on attitudes toward animal welfare en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Richard J. Harris en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Cognitive (0633) en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Social (0451) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US

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