Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2005

Publication Source

Communication Research

Volume

32

Issue

4

Start Page

478

Last Page

502

DOI

10.1177/0093650205277320

Abstract

Print news stories about genetics convey information to the public. This study assesses the effects of priming a belief in genetic susceptibility to smoking addiction on smokers' inferences about their own susceptibility to smoking addiction, their efficacy to quit smoking, and their intention to get a genetic test for addiction susceptibility. Respondents were 450 young adult smokers surveyed on the telephone in a randomized experiment embedded in a questionnaire about cigarette smoking practices. In the priming condition, respondents heard a news story about genes for smoking addiction. In the unprimed condition, respondents heard a news story concerning the gender of the offspring of smokers. Priming with the genetics news story did not affect respondents' inferences about personal genetic susceptibility to smoking addiction. However, those finding the news story believable and having a strong family history of smoking were more likely to infer a greater personal genetic susceptibility.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Communication Research, Vol 32/Issue 4, 2005, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2005, by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Communication Research page: http://crx.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

Keywords

smoking, priming, genetic testing, family smoking

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Date Posted: 03 April 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.