The role of socializing agents in communicating healthy eating to adolescents: A cross-cultural study

Kara K W CHAN*, Gerard P PRENDERGAST, Alice Grønhøj, Tino Bech-Larsen

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Abstract

A survey was conducted of 386 Danish and Hong Kong adolescents aged 11 to 16. Results showed that the consumption of relatively unhealthy food was common among respondents. Looking at socializing agents, respondents claimed that parents asked them to eat healthy food more often than the government publicity, teachers, or friends. Parents were also perceived as being the most effective source in encouraging them to eat healthy food. Respondents considered news and fear appeals for communicating healthy eating the most effective, while popularity and achievement appeals were considered less effective. There were some gender and age differences in the liking and perceived effectiveness of five advertising appeals. Respondents with higher collectivism scores showed a higher liking and perceived effectiveness of advertising appeals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Consumer Marketing
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

User-Defined Keywords

  • Advertising execution
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Health promotion
  • Persuasion

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