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Citation

Jensen K, Collins S. Am. Behav. Sci. 2008; 52(2): 225-242.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2008, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764208321353

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

This research seeks to determine if there is a third-person effect in the realm of controversial product advertising. Survey participants rated their perceived levels of personal offense to product categories as well as the expected offense levels of other groups of people. The results show a significant third-person effect for five of six product categories where an effect was expected. In the case of advertising for racial extremist groups, a first-person effect existed as predicted. The findings suggest previous studies of controversial products may have overestimated actual levels of offense by ignoring the possibility of a third-person effect.

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