Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 293–305 | Cite as

Salient hopes and fears: Social marketing to promote human services

  • Margaret C. Plantz


The application of social marketing principles to the promotion of human services programs is illustrated in this paper. As part of a household interview survey, 176 respondents were asked to name their hopes and fears for their lives. Responses generated by these questions are reported briefly. These findings then are interpreted from the perspective of social marketing theory, and resulting implications for the design of strategies to promote human service programs are discussed. Other areas in which social marketing theory may aid the planning and delivery of human services are mentioned.


Public Health Health Psychology Human Service Social Marketing Service Program 
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© Human Sciences Press 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret C. Plantz
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  1. 1.the Division of Individual and Family StudiesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park

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