Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Anthony J. Ferri
Number of Pages
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.
Correlational; Disabilities; Education; Experience; Exposure; Media; People; Perceptions; Personal; Public; Relationship Study
Mass media; Social structure; Social psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Reichley, Melissa Lynn, "The relationship between media exposure, personal experience and education on the public's perceptions of people with disabilities: A correlational study" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3382.