Department of Communication Studies
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.
China, Urban–Rural, Communication Theory, Consumer Socialization
Source Publication Title
Asian Journal of Communication
Taylor & Francis
Hong Kong Baptist University
Link to Publisher's Edition
Chan, Kara, and James U. McNeal. "Chinese children's perception of personal and commercial communication: An urban-rural comparison." Asian Journal of Communication 17.1 (2007): 97-116.