Evaluating the effectiveness of four Hong Kong antismoking cartoon posters with humor and threat elements

Vivian C. Sheer, Fuyuan Shen, Dion Tse, Tiffany Chan

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Abstract

Although cartoons are widely used in health communication, their effectiveness has seldom been tested. In this study, the effects of four humor–threat antismoking cartoon posters are evaluated in a sample of 12- to 15-year-olds (n = 183) in Hong Kong. The five-group comparison (including the control group) revealed that these posters did not increase antismoking attitudes in the sample but did decrease antismoking behavioral intentions. The better liked, more humorous, and more frightening posters did not produce increased antismoking attitudes or behavioral intentions. These findings warrant the development of theories to clarify the role of humor in health communication. Although cartoons are well liked by adolescents, practitioners must be aware of the possible negative effects of humor in cartoon-based messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-418
Number of pages19
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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