Now or future? Analyzing the effects of message frame and format in motivating Chinese females to get HPV vaccines for their children

Sixiao Liu, Janet Z. Yang, Haoran Chu

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Abstract

Objective: This study aims to examine the impacts of gain vs. loss-framed messages and narrative messages on Chinese women's intentions to get HPV vaccines for their children. Methods: A survey experiment was conducted among Chinese females (N = 453) assessing their responses to 3 types of messages (i.e. gain-framed, loss-framed and narrative) designed to promote HPV vaccination. Results: No main effect was found for message types, but loss-framed message slightly increased vaccination intention. Time orientation moderated the relationship between message framing and vaccination intention. Conclusion: Narrative message works better among present-minded individuals, whereas gain-framed message was more persuasive for future-minded individuals. Integration of message frames (gain vs. loss) and message type (narrative vs. non-narrative) is recommended for future research. Practice Implications: Narrative persuasion could be an effective tool in promoting health behaviors especially among present-minded individuals, or when the consequences of health decisions are temporally distant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • HPV vaccines
  • Message framing
  • Narrative
  • Time orientation

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