Disposition theory and protest: the influence of media frames and individual disposition on audience response to protest

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dc.contributor Hoewe, Jennifer
dc.contributor Peacock, Cynthia
dc.contributor.advisor Parrott, Scott
dc.contributor.author Steele, Hailey Grace
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-14T18:12:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-14T18:12:35Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003148
dc.identifier.other Steele_alatus_0004M_13527
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5280
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study examined the influence of news frames and individual disposition on audience response to protest. Specifically, the study sought to determine whether the social group depicted as the main actor in news coverage of protest would influence audience reactions to and support for organized protest. Informed by disposition theory and tested using an experimental design, the study found that certain audience characteristics can significantly predict attitudes toward protest based on the types of media content to which audiences are exposed, although the influence audience disposition toward the main actors within media frames of protest – the primary focus of this study – was less clear. Three characteristics consistently predicted participants’ emotional and cognitive reactions to the stories about healthcare protest: their pre-existing attitudes toward the subject of the protest (affordable healthcare); their general political ideologies, and their pre-existing dispositions toward protesters in general. The results underscore the importance of an audience member’s existing attitudes and dispositions in the interpretation of news content about protests.
dc.format.extent 57 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.subject.other Social psychology
dc.title Disposition theory and protest: the influence of media frames and individual disposition on audience response to protest
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Journalism
etdms.degree.discipline Journalism
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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