Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 2002

Publication Source

Social Marketing Quarterly

Volume

8

Issue

3

Start Page

30

Last Page

37

DOI

10.1080/15245000214135

Abstract

Much work on the public health communication component of social marketing focuses on message development. But there is good evidence that failure and success in public health communication is better predicted by variation in exposure to messages achieved than it is by variation in quality of messages. The inconsistent results about effects from some major projects (Stanford Heart Disease, Minnesota Heart Health, Pawtucket Heart Health, COMMIT) may reflect their lack of success in obtaining heavy exposure to their messages. Those results contrast with the successful results of a variety of other programs, particularly kitchen sink programs, which have been able to obtain higher levels of exposure and have some evidence of important effects.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Social Marketing Quarterly, Vol 8/Issue 3, 2002, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2002, by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Social Marketing Quarterly page: http://smq.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

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Date Posted: 02 April 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.