MA (Master of Arts)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Michael C. Braswell, Steven J. Ellwanger
This research investigated the effects of the media on attitudes toward police and fear of crime, while controlling for selected audience trait variables. A self-report questionnaire was administered to 351 students at East Tennessee State University. The survey consisted of demographic and audience trait variables. The survey also contained items that measured the respondants' media consumption. Respondents were asked, for example, which format they typically get news from (e.g., newspaper, television), how often they watch television, and how real they perceive crime related television to be. Multivariate analysis showed that demographic and audience trait variables explained more variance than did media-related variables.
Thesis - Open Access
Edwards, Bradley, "Media: Effects on Attitudes toward Police and Fear of Criminal Victimization." (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2048. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2048
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