Potential for Stigma Reduction Through Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising: An Exploratory Content Analysis of Television Commercials

Jennifer Gerard Ball, Angie Liang, Wei Na Lee

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Abstract

Some have suggested that advertisements for prescription drugs may contribute to improving the acceptance of stigmatized health conditions. This study explored this notion through a content analysis of direct-to-consumer television commercials for prescription drugs. The inclusion of elements reflective of three stigma reduction methods (education, contact, and perspective-taking) was assessed. Results revealed that ads generally employed communication techniques consistent with perspective-taking and presented information and personal contact examples that disconfirm stereotypes. However, the extreme skew toward recovery images and paucity of information related to prevalence and causal attributions of indicated conditions could limit the potential of stigma reduction through these ads. © 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-208
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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