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Citation

Parker KA, Ivanov B, Compton J. Health Commun. 2012; 27(3): 223-233.

Affiliation

a School of Communication , Bellarmine University.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Informa Healthcare)

DOI

10.1080/10410236.2011.575541

PMID

21854225

Abstract

This investigation examined the potential of inoculation to protect young adults' attitudes from pressures to engage in risky behaviors (unprotected sex and binge drinking) as well as inoculation's efficacy in conferring umbrella protection (cross-protection) over related, but experimentally untreated, attitudes. A three-phase experiment was conducted involving 120 participants. The results revealed that inoculation can protect the attitudes of young adults from counterattitudinal pressures to engage in unprotected sex (treated issue) and binge drinking (untreated issue). Practical applications of these findings are explored, including the use of inoculation when designing health messages and more thorough assessments of health campaigns designed to discourage risky behaviors.


Language: en

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