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Reactions to threatening health messages

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, November 2012
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (95th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (95th percentile)

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23 tweeters
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Title
Reactions to threatening health messages
Published in
BMC Public Health, November 2012
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1011
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Authors

Gill A ten Hoor, Gjalt-Jorn Y Peters, Janice Kalagi, Lianne de Groot, Karlijne Grootjans, Alexander Huschens, Constanze Köhninger, Lizan Kölgen, Isabelle Pelssers, Toby Schütt, Sophia Thomas, Robert AC Ruiter, Gerjo Kok

Abstract

Threatening health messages that focus on severity are popular, but frequently have no effect or even a counterproductive effect on behavior change. This paradox (i.e. wide application despite low effectiveness) may be partly explained by the intuitive appeal of threatening communication: it may be hard to predict the defensive reactions occurring in response to fear appeals. We examine this hypothesis by using two studies by Brown and colleagues, which provide evidence that threatening health messages in the form of distressing imagery in anti-smoking and anti-alcohol campaigns cause defensive reactions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 4%
Netherlands 3 4%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 64 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 20%
Researcher 11 15%
Student > Bachelor 10 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 7%
Other 14 20%
Unknown 8 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 22 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 10%
Social Sciences 6 8%
Design 4 6%
Other 14 20%
Unknown 11 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 25. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 December 2021.
All research outputs
#1,215,580
of 21,792,010 outputs
Outputs from BMC Public Health
#1,322
of 14,128 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#12,561
of 291,881 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#51
of 1,045 outputs
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