How far is too far? the antecedents of offensive advertising in modern China

Gerard P PRENDERGAST*, Wah Leung Cheung, Douglas West

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Previous research has classified offensive advertising into matter (offensive products and services) and manner (offensive execution). This study was designed to (1) develop a more comprehensive schedule of offensive advertising and (2) identify the psychological predictors of taking offense. A survey conducted in Hong Kong and Shanghai showed that offensive advertising could be classified into three categories: advertisements dealing with offensive sexual matter, advertisements for offensive nonsexual matter, and advertisements displaying an offensive manner. Of these categories, manner was perceived as the most offensive. Self-esteem and susceptibility to interpersonal influence both were significant in predicting the level of offensiveness for all three types of offensive advertising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-495
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Advertising Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Marketing


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