Perceived effects of direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising on self and others - A third-person effect study of older consumers
Abbreviated Journal Title
ELDERLY CONSUMERS; TELEVISION VIOLENCE; MASS-MEDIA; NEWS COVERAGE; IMPACT; INFORMATION; CENSORSHIP; SUPPORT; PERCEPTION; COMMERCIALS; Business; Communication
In this paper, we present results of a survey designed to (1) explore older consumers' perceptions of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising effects on themselves and others; (2) determine how those perceptions are influenced by respondent characteristics; and (3) examine how self/other effect perceptions are related to ad-prompted behaviors. The results provide evidence to support the operation of the third-person effect in DTC advertising. Findings indicate that (1) older consumers believe that DTC advertising exerts its greatest influence on "them," "not me"; (2) older consumers' third-person perceptions of DTC ad effects are multidimensional, and different effect dimensions show different magnitudes of the third-person effect; and (3) the third-person effect in DTC advertising is influenced by receiver-specific characteristics and predicts behavior following DTC ad exposure better than demographics and other receiver-specific variables. The study's findings extend several streams of research, including the literature on advertising and the older adult market, DTC advertising, and the third-person effect.
Journal of Advertising
"Perceived effects of direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising on self and others - A third-person effect study of older consumers" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6069.