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Healthcare 2017, 5(2), 27; doi:10.3390/healthcare5020027

The Role of Affect and Cognition in Processing Messages about Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s Disease by Older People

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Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
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Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University, Korte Meer 7-11, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Received: 14 April 2017 / Revised: 5 June 2017 / Accepted: 7 June 2017 / Published: 12 June 2017
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Through early diagnosis of symptoms, the Alzheimer’s disease process can be decelerated. The main concern is to encourage the population at risk to take responsible actions at the earliest stage of the onset of the disease. Persuasive communication is essential to achieve this. In an experimental study, the evaluation of awareness messages for early diagnosis containing weak and strong arguments and negative and positive images was performed on a sample of older Belgians. The mediating role of affective responses and message thoughts was explored. Strong arguments led to a more positive evaluation of the message than weak arguments directly and indirectly via the positive effect they had on message affect and thoughts, which, in turn, positively affected message evaluation. A negative message image led to a more positive message evaluation than a positive one. This effect was not mediated by either message affect or message thoughts. View Full-Text
Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; early diagnosis; message argument strength; message image valence; affect; thoughts; population at risk Alzheimer’s disease; early diagnosis; message argument strength; message image valence; affect; thoughts; population at risk
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De Pelsmacker, P.; Lewi, M.; Cauberghe, V. The Role of Affect and Cognition in Processing Messages about Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s Disease by Older People. Healthcare 2017, 5, 27.

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