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Perceived Realism and Role Attractiveness in Movie Portrayals of Alcohol Drinking

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Objective: To explore the role of perceived realism and role attractiveness in dramatized alcohol portrayals. Methods: A total of 158 college students watched 1 of 2 movie versions that portray alcohol drinking either positively or negatively. Results: Role attractiveness of the drinking character increased favorableness in alcohol-related attitudes and dispositions in Positive Condition, whereas perceived realism acted as a significant mediator in Negative Condition. Conclusion: Health educators and policymakers are alerted to the fact that the entertainment media too often portray glamorous characters as enjoying alcoholic beverages without facing negative consequences, which may particularly affect the viewers who feel attracted to the role characters.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Communication Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, CA.

Publication date: 01 September 2001

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