Children’s perceived truthfulness of television advertising and parental influence: A Hong Kong study

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This study examines Chinese children’s perceived truthfulness, liking and attention of television advertising in Hong Kong. A quota sample of four hundred and forty-eight children (ages 5 to 12) was personal-interviewed in May 1998. Results indicated that nearly equal proportions of children perceived that television advertising was mostly true and mostly not true. The judgment was mainly derived from their perception of the advertising content. The bases for skepticism about advertising varied by age. Older children depended more on personal user experience and younger children relied on others’ comments. Hong Kong children liked television advertising and watched commercials sometimes. Like children in the West, perceived truthfulness and liking of commercials decreased with age. Perceived truthfulness of television advertising was positively related with liking and attention. Hong Kong children reported that their parents often used commercials to teach them about good citizenship and bad products to avoid.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000
EventAssociation for Consumer Research 2000 Annual Conference - Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 200023 Oct 2000


ConferenceAssociation for Consumer Research 2000 Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, Utah

User-Defined Keywords

  • elevision advertising
  • Children
  • Hong Kong
  • Attitudes
  • Parental influence


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