تفاوت های جنسیتی در پاسخ نوجوانان به موضوعات آرام سازی در تبلیغات سیگار: ارتباط به قصد سیگار کشیدن
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|31939||2007||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||3930 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Addictive Behaviors, Volume 32, Issue 2, February 2007, Pages 205–213
Studies have shown that increased exposure to cigarette advertising increases adolescents' risk of smoking and moreover, that gender may play an important role in moderating how cigarette advertisements are viewed and processed. However, information about the particular features of cigarette advertising that interact with gender to promote smoking among adolescents is scarce. The purpose of this study was to examine if gender moderates the degree to which the relaxation valence (i.e., degree to which relaxing themes are emphasized) of cigarette advertisements is related to smoking intentions in a sample of never smoking adolescents. Regardless of brand type (of the seven brands studied), cigarette advertisements that displayed highly relaxing images were associated with increased intentions to smoke among female adolescents only. These results have implications for understanding what features of cigarette advertisements have the most influence among different groups of adolescents.
Smoking prevalence rates among middle and high school students have diminished since the late 1990s. However, the most recent national data suggest that this rate of decline has slowed in the last 3 years (Johnston, O'Malley, & Bachman, 2005). The current (as of this writing) 30-day smoking prevalence rate (those reporting smoking on one or more of the 30 days prior to the survey) stands at 9.3% of 8th graders and 23% of 12th graders (Johnston et al., 2005). More broadly, the World Health Organization (WHO, 2002) has estimated that lifetime use of tobacco will result in approximately 250 million tobacco-related deaths of children and young people alive in the world today if current patterns persist. Clearly, then, it remains important for the public health to determine what promotes cigarette use among adolescents in order to develop and refine smoking prevention programs. Cigarette advertising is one environmental source that likely influences future smoking among adolescents (Wakefield, Flay, Nichter, & Giovino, 2003). The tobacco industry, as whole, spent over 15 billion dollars on advertising and marketing in 2003 (Federal Trade Commission, 2005). A recent study from the World Health Organization found that 73% of children and adolescents worldwide had been exposed to print media cigarette advertisements in the past 30 days (WHO, 2002). Theory suggests that cigarette advertising probably has its most potent effects on promoting smoking initiation among adolescents (Flay, 1993, Flay & Petraitis, 1994, Levanthal & Cleary, 1980 and Shadel et al., 2001; see also Wakefield et al., 2003) and studies have suggested that increased awareness of, receptivity to, and liking of cigarette advertising all contribute to increases in smoking initiation among adolescents (Choi et al., 2002, Evans et al., 1995, Pierce et al., 1991, Pierce et al., 2002 and Sargent et al., 2000). Indeed, Pierce, Choi, Gilpin, Farkas, and Berry (1998) found that “the percentage of experimentation attributable to tobacco advertising and promotional activities is 34.3%”, based on calculations from a longitudinal survey conducted on 12 to 17 year-olds. This percentage is equal to 17% of the overall population for this age group. Despite what theory predicts and data such as these demonstrate, there is a paucity of information about how individual differences among adolescents, like gender, and features of cigarette advertising interact to contribute to the relationship between cigarette advertising and adolescent smoking (Shadel et al., 2001; cf., Shadel, Niaura, & Abrams, 2004b). Both individual-level and communication-level (i.e., advertisement) factors are important in studies of persuasion and communication (Petty & Wegener, 1999). It stands to reason, then, that both are important to consider when studying adolescents' responses to cigarette advertising (Shadel et al., 2001). Some insight into how cigarette advertisements might be constructed to appeal differentially to males and females has come from careful examination of tobacco company documents relating to advertising and marketing. Tobacco companies seem to have designed different cigarette brands and marketing campaigns to appeal to consumer groups based on so-called psychological and psychosocial “needs” of those groups, such as smoking to relieve stress (Le Cook, Wayne, Keithly, & Connolly, 2003). In particular, targeting consumers appears also to have occurred when manufacturing and marketing cigarettes for each gender. Carpenter, Wayne, & Connolly (2005) found that the tobacco industry has targeted women with specific cigarette brands (e.g. Virginia Slims) and paired these “feminine style” cigarettes with advertisements promoting female liberation, glamour, success and thinness. Indeed, research from outside of the tobacco industry seems to underscore the success of these gender-segmenting strategies in the field. Major marketing expenditure shifts toward a female market have been historically associated with increases in smoking among young women (Pierce, Lee, & Gilpin, 1994; see also Boyd, Boyd, & Cash, 1999–2000), adolescent females seem to be more responsive to cigarette advertising imagery in general (Covell, Dion, & Dion, 1994), and cigarette advertisements that emphasize more feminine images are associated with more positive affective reactions among adolescent females compared to those advertisements that emphasize more masculine images (Shadel, Niaura, & Abrams, 2004a). However, the field is still lacking in critical information about how some of the many other, non-gender-related themes displayed by cigarette advertisements differentially affects adolescent male and female's intentions to smoke. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how cigarette advertisements that differ along the theme of relaxation (i.e., display images that are either lower or higher in relaxation valence) for several different brands of cigarettes interact with gender to predict intentions to smoke in a sample of never smoking adolescents. We used a 2 (gender) × 7 (brand: Virginia Slim, Kool, Newport, Marlboro, Camel, Winston, Salem) × 2 (relaxation valence: low, high) mixed model design; gender was obviously a between subjects factor and brand and relaxation valence were within subjects factors. We compared different brands because of data that indicate that different brands apparently were designed to appeal to different market segments (Le Cook et al., 2003). Relaxation valence was chosen given the impressive body of literature that has linked smoking initiation to stress (i.e., the converse of relaxation; see Kassel, Stroud, & Paronis, 2003), that affective responses to cigarette advertising may contribute to their impact on smoking (Romer & Jamieson, 2001), that female adolescents may be more responsive affectively to cigarette advertising (Shadel et al., 2004a), and from data that have indicated that tobacco companies specifically marketed some cigarette advertisements to display themes of relaxation (Le Cook et al., 2003). We hypothesized that themes of relaxation (high relaxation valence) would appeal more to female adolescents and be associated more with stronger intentions to smoke. However, we first explored whether or not there was a significant three-way interaction between gender, brand, and relaxation valence, given differences between brands in the markets they target and themes they may emphasize (see Le Cook et al., 2003). Because we were interested in future smoking intentions as the main dependent measure, we controlled for other social-cognitive predictors of intentions (see Bandura, 1997 and Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975), smoking attitudes and smoking refusal self-efficacy.1 Finally, because smoking behavior (Johnston et al., 2005) and responses to cigarette advertising can differ by age (Shadel et al., 2004b), we also controlled for the effects of age in these analyses.