Award Date

1-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Anthony J. Ferri

Number of Pages

60

Abstract

The Relationship Between Media Exposure, Personal Experience and Education on the Public's Perceptions of Disabilities seeks to determine whether there is any correlation between people's opinions about people with disabilities (PWDs), and their media consumption, education, and experience or contact with PWDs. The author compares such perceptions between respondents with and without disabilities. While research suggests nondisabled people view people with disabilities to varying degrees of negativity depending on the level and type of disability and accompanying social stigma attached, this researcher questions whether frequency of media exposure is having a positive influence on media consumers' perceptions of PWDs (which has been historically negative), as well as whether the type of media exposure has any influence.

Keywords

Correlational; Disabilities; Education; Experience; Exposure; Media; People; Perceptions; Personal; Public; Relationship Study

Controlled Subject

Mass media; Social structure; Social psychology

File Format

pdf

File Size

1720.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/s72q-xmoj


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