Sweet Temptations: How Does Reading a Fotonovela About Diabetes Affect Dutch Adults with Different Levels of Literacy?

Ruth Koops van 't Jagt*, John C. J. Hoeks, Evelien Duizer, Melvin Baron, Gregory B. Molina, Jennifer B. Unger, Carel J. M. Jansen

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

    OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

    14 Citaten (Scopus)
    457 Downloads (Pure)


    Recent studies suggest that health-related fotonovelas-booklets that portray a dramatic story using photographs and captions-may be effective health communication tools, especially for readers with a low level of literacy. In this experiment, effects on knowledge and behavioral intentions were assessed of a fotonovela originally developed for a Latin-American audience. Dutch readers from a low literacy group (N = 89) and a high literacy group (N = 113) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: a fotonovela condition (all captions translated into Dutch), a traditional brochure condition (also in Dutch), and a control condition. On knowledge about diabetes, participants in the fotonovela condition outperformed participants in both other conditions. This finding was consistent across literacy levels. On behavioral intentions, however, readers of the fotonovela did not score significantly higher than participants in the other conditions. We also evaluated hypotheses proposed in the Entertainment Overcoming Resistance Model (EORM; Moyer-Guse, 2008) on the possible mechanisms underlying persuasion through narratives. No support was found for the mechanisms proposed in the EORM. The outcomes of this study suggest that a fotonovela may be a valuable health education format for adults with varying levels of literacy, even if it was developed for a target group with a different cultural background.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)284-290
    Aantal pagina's7
    TijdschriftHealth Communication
    Nummer van het tijdschrift3
    StatusPublished - 2018

    Citeer dit