The impact of advertising on children's psychological wellbeing and life satisfaction
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SourceEuropean Journal of Marketing, 50, 11, (2016), pp. 1975-1992
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European Journal of Marketing
SubjectCommunication and Media
Purpose: It is generally believed that children's advertising exposure decreases life satisfaction. This study aims to investigate whether and how it does by examining the relation between advertising exposure and life satisfaction (aim 1), as well as the mediating roles of psychological wellbeing (aim 2) and its underlying dimensions (aim 3). Design/methodology/approach: Three-wave panel data were collected among 1,133 8- to 12-year-olds. Psychological wellbeing was measured overall and per dimension (i.e., environmental mastery, personal growth, purpose in life, self-acceptance, autonomy, and positive relationships with others). Findings: We found a nonsignificant total effect of advertising exposure at Wave 1 on life satisfaction at Wave 3: The negative direct effect was annulled by the positive indirect effect via overall psychological wellbeing at Wave 2. Detailed analysis revealed that personal growth and autonomy functioned as positive mediators, and purpose in life as a negative mediator in the relation between advertising exposure and life satisfaction. Originality/value: This study is the first to examine advertising’s effect on life satisfaction and psychological wellbeing simultaneously. The study used a large sample and a longitudinal panel design, allowing conclusions about the specific effects of advertising exposure.
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