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The Impact of Receivers’ Nationality and Cultural Orientation on the Effects of Fear Appeals in Health Communication

Jansen, C. & Kroef ,van der, G., 2019, In : Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. 48, 1, p. 72-90 19 p.

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Participants from the Netherlands (n = 52), China (n = 50), and South Africa (n = 166) either read a self-targeted or a family-targeted fear appeal message about chlamydia. Seven aspects of individual cultural orientation were measured, and six effects of the different messages. Interactions between nationality and target of threat were found on perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, and danger control. Only for perceived susceptibility, a difference in cultural orientation partly explained this interaction. The outcomes add to the doubts about claims in earlier literature about the relevance of receivers’ nationality and cultural orientation for developing a fear appeal message.
Translated title of the contributionDe invloed van de nationaliteit en de culturele achtergrond van ontvangers op de effecten van van angstaanjagende boodschappen in de gezondheidscommunicatie
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-90
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume48
Issue number1
Early online date10-Dec-2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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