Fear Appeals Revisited: Testing a Unique Anti-smoking Film
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- Schmitt, C.L. & Blass, T. Curr Psychol (2008) 27: 145. doi:10.1007/s12144-008-9029-7
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Past research has found that fear-arousing persuasive messages can significantly affect attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. In this study, participants in high and low threat conditions viewed appropriately edited versions of a unique fear appeal video used in the American Lung Association’s anti-smoking campaign, while control condition participants viewed no film. Threat condition participants expressed stronger anti-smoking behavioral intentions than did control condition participants. These results represent the first effectiveness test of this widely used film.