An examination of the influence of movies with smoking scenes on young adults’ attitude and risk perception toward smoking

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dc.contributor.author Fang, Zhou
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-27T15:48:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-27T15:48:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13713
dc.description.abstract Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S. and a global public health concern. The health effects have been severe among the youth. Smoking among the youth has been attributed to media. Movie in particular, is perhaps the most successful advertising on cigarette. Research shows that greater exposure to smoking in movies predicts increased likelihood of trying smoking. The purpose of this experimental study was to explore the relationships of smoking exposure in movies and young adults’ attitude, intention, and risk perception toward smoking. The theory of reasoned action (TRA) and the Attitude Accessibility Concept served were used in the study. The experiment was conducted at 70 Kansas State University students and examined the extent to which young adults’ memory/experience on smoking are triggered by watching smoking scenes; and whether young adults had different reactions based on the level of dosages of onscreen smoking. The results showed that the relationship of onscreen smoking and young adults’ memory/experience on smoking is not significant, as well as the relationship of media exposure and young adults’ attitude to smoke. However, the study found that nonsmokers contain considerable anti-smoking attitude and significant risk perception to smoke. The anti-smoking attitude is highly associated with the risk perception. The study presented theoretical implications, which includes the proposal to incorporate risk perception in the model of TRA, made recommendations to future anti-smoking campaigns targeted on young adults, and suggested areas of further research. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Smoking en_US
dc.subject Movie en_US
dc.subject Young Adults en_US
dc.subject Memory en_US
dc.subject Intention en_US
dc.subject Risk Perception en_US
dc.title An examination of the influence of movies with smoking scenes on young adults’ attitude and risk perception toward smoking 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 Journalism and Mass Communications en_US
dc.description.advisor Nancy Muturi en_US
dc.subject.umi Mass Communications (0708) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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