Graduation Year

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Mass Communications

Major Professor

Scott S. Liu, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Justin Brown, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Yan Shan, Ph.D.

Keywords

alcohol advertising, attitude towards advertising, behavior, Chinese college students, frist-person effect, third-peron effect

Abstract

Alcohol consumption among Chinese college students has become a serious problem. The present research examines the relationships among attitudes towards alcohol advertising, attitudes towards alcohol products, the perceived influences of alcohol advertising on the self, the perceived influences of alcohol advertising on others, and attitudes toward government restrictions on alcohol advertising. Data were collected from 578 Chinese college students via an online survey. The results supported the hypothesized relationships between attitude toward alcohol products and alcohol advertising, as well as the relationship between attitude toward alcohol advertising and perceived influence of alcohol advertising on oneself. Results also supported the looking glass perception hypothesis whereby the perceived influence of alcohol advertising on oneself (first-person effect) had strong influence on the perceived influence on others (third-person effect) which in turn led to greater support for restrictions on alcohol advertising.

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