Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Julia Woolley

Abstract

This study investigated Cultivation Theory and its role in the issue of domestic violence. I hypothesized that people who are exposed to larger quantities of pop culture mediums will have less negative attitudes towards the issue of domestic violence. My study also posed research questions about the relationship between the attitudes towards domestic violence with both basic domestic violence knowledge and personal experience with the issue. I gathered my data through a thirty-question survey and distributed it online, using convenience and snowball samples. My results did not support my hypothesis; however, I did find statistical significance for a negative correlation between reading celebrity gossip magazines and knowledge of basic domestic violence facts. I conclude with a discussion highlighting the implications and limitations.

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