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Gain-Framed Messages Do Not Motivate Sun Protection: A Meta-Analytic Review of Randomized Trials Comparing Gain-Framed and Loss-Framed Appeals for Promoting Skin Cancer Prevention

Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, 2040 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2121-2133; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph9062121
Received: 18 April 2012 / Revised: 30 May 2012 / Accepted: 30 May 2012 / Published: 5 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sunbathing Habits and Skin Cancer)
Persuading people to undertake actions to prevent skin cancer is an important public health challenge. A number of studies have compared the effectiveness of gain-framed and loss-framed appeals in this domain, often expecting gain-framed appeals to be more persuasive. A meta-analytic review (k = 33, N = 4,168), however, finds no significant difference in the persuasiveness of gain- and loss-framed appeals for encouraging skin cancer prevention. This conclusion is unaffected by differences in the specific protective action advocated or by differences in the kind of outcomes invoked. But the results offer an intimation that men might be more susceptible to framing variations in this domain—with loss-framed appeals potentially having a persuasive advantage. View Full-Text
Keywords: skin cancer prevention; message framing; gain-framed; loss-framed; persuasive messages; meta-analysis skin cancer prevention; message framing; gain-framed; loss-framed; persuasive messages; meta-analysis
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O’Keefe, D.J.; Wu, D. Gain-Framed Messages Do Not Motivate Sun Protection: A Meta-Analytic Review of Randomized Trials Comparing Gain-Framed and Loss-Framed Appeals for Promoting Skin Cancer Prevention. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 2121-2133.

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