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

dc.contributorHoewe, Jennifer
dc.contributorPeacock, Cynthia
dc.contributor.advisorParrott, Scott
dc.contributor.authorSteele, Hailey Grace
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-14T18:12:35Z
dc.date.available2018-12-14T18:12:35Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.en_US
dc.format.extent57 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0003148
dc.identifier.otherSteele_alatus_0004M_13527
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5280
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectJournalism
dc.subjectSocial psychology
dc.titleDisposition theory and protest: the influence of media frames and individual disposition on audience response to protesten_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Journalism
etdms.degree.disciplineJournalism
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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