Title

The effects of regulatory fit and presentation order of health messages in countering unhealthy food advertising’s influence on attitudes and intentions to eat healthily

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

5-2014

Abstract

This research seeks to investigate the effectiveness of health messages in countering unhealthy food advertising’s influence on attitudes and intentions to eat healthily. Guided by a theoretical framework anchored in the regulatory fit theory, a quasi-experiment was conducted to test for the effects of regulatory fit and the presence of primacy effects when two sets of health messages were presented alongside an unhealthy food commercial on television. The health messages were crafted to match either the individuals’ prevention or promotion regulatory orientation, and presented before and after a fast food commercial. Findings revealed significant three-way interaction effects for both prevention- and promotion-fit and provides support for the moderating influence of presentation order on regulatory fit. The study highlights the importance of message congruency and presentation order of health messages on intentions to eat healthily and presents their implications for public health policy and intervention.

Discipline

Business | Business and Corporate Communications | Medicine and Health Sciences

Research Areas

Corporate Communication

Publication

International Communication Association Conference 2014, May 22-26

City or Country

Seattle, WA

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