Journal article

The effects of message source and fear appeal on young adults' response to Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) messages in Singapore

Hyo Jung Kim, Wonsun Shin

Asian Journal of Communication | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018


This study examines the psychological processes that determine how fear appeal and sponsor type impact young adults’ responses to public campaigns against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in Singapore. The results showed that fear appeal in the STD messages increased the level of anger arousal, while the STD messages sponsored by a commercial company versus a government agency increased the level of negative cognitions among participants. The interaction between fear appeal and sponsor type was found in both affective and cognitive responses of psychological reactance against the STD messages.

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