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Mass Media Strategies Targeting High Sensation Seekers: What Works and Why

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Objectives: To examine strategies for using the mass media effectively in drug prevention campaigns targeting high sensation seekers. Methods: Both experimental lab and field studies were used to develop a comprehensive audience segmentation strategy targeting high sensation seekers. Results: A 4-pronged targeting strategy employed in an antimarijuana media campaign yielded significant drops in 30-day marijuana use by adolescents. Other research demonstrates how high and low sensation seekers process antidrug ads differently. Conclusions: Mass mediated antidrug campaigns aimed at high sensation seekers are effective tools for drug prevention.
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Keywords: drug prevention; media campaigns; processing; sensation seeking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Publication date: 2003-11-01

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