Promoting behavior change using social norms: Applying a community based social marketing tool to extension programming

Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Laura A. Warner

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Abstract

Most educational programs are designed to produce lower level outcomes, and Extension educators are challenged to produce behavior change in target audiences. Social norms are a very powerful proven tool for encouraging sustainable behavior change among Extension's target audiences. Minor modifications to program content to demonstrate the practice of specific behaviors by target audience members' peers compared to others can make a big difference. It is advisable that Extension educators use a combination of descriptive and injunctive norms. Social norms should be applied more frequently by Extension educators in their programs to produce desired behavior change among target audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume53
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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