Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

This study examines how urban and rural children in Mainland China learn about new products and services, and their attitudes toward different communication channels for market and product information. A survey of 1,977 children aged six to 13 in four Chinese urban cities and four rural provinces was conducted in March 2003 to May 2004. Results indicated that there are significant differences in perception of personal and commercial communication sources among urban and rural children. As predicted by Rogers’ and Schramm's theories, urban children found commercial sources more useful and credible than rural children in obtaining information about new products and services. Rural children perceived personal sources more useful and credible than urban children. John's theory of consumer socialization was supported. Older children found parents and grandparents less useful and less credible than younger children. Older children also found commercial sources more useful and credible.

Publication Year

2007

Journal Title

Asian Journal of Communication

Volume number

17

Issue number

1

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

First Page (page number)

97

Last Page (page number)

116

Referreed

1

Funder

Hong Kong Baptist University

DOI

10.1080/01292980601114596

ISSN (print)

01292986

Link to Publisher’s Edition

https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01292980601114596

Keywords

China, Urban–Rural, Communication Theory, Consumer Socialization

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