Political socialization of college students: an analysis of the 2008 election

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dc.contributor Gonzenbach, William J.
dc.contributor Copeland, Gary
dc.contributor Gower, Karla K.
dc.contributor Leeper, James D.
dc.contributor.advisor Bryant, Jennings
dc.contributor.author McKenzie, Carly Timmons
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:25:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:25:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000247
dc.identifier.other McKenzie_alatus_0004D_10379
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/753
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study explored various social influences on political beliefs. Specifically, it tested factors to see how they affected a subject's likelihood to model parental and peer voting behavior. Three primary approaches informed this study: social cognitive theory, conformity, and social identity theory. The author collected data from college undergraduates via a two-part survey surrounding the 2008 Presidential election. As interpreted in this study, all four components of Bandura's learning theory proved to be significant predictors for modeling parental voting behavior. Investigation showed that a subject's interest in the election was negatively related to his/her likelihood to model parental voting behavior. As interest decreased, likelihood to model parents increased. Additionally, political experience negatively related to a subject's likelihood to vote for the same candidate his/her parents endorsed. The learning theory approach as conceptualized here was not a good fit for data relative to modeling peer political behavior, however. The presence of unanimous political beliefs among family and friends increased a subject's likelihood to conform to those beliefs. Additionally, ideological conservatism was associated with increased conformity. Lastly, this study reinforced the presence and influence of family reference groups for political behavior. Increased political discussion with parents led to increased conformity with them. Subjects who discussed politics more with parents also viewed them as more powerful political influences. This same relationship existed for talk in the classroom. Peers were not pinpointed as a politically influential reference group.
dc.format.extent 151 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 Mass Communications
dc.subject.other Political Science, General
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.title Political socialization of college students: an analysis of the 2008 election
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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