ERIC Number: ED259983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Does the Mass Media Influence Women's Attitudes about Nuclear War?
Results of this study indicate that the mass media does influence women's attitudes about nuclear war. A total of 45 female college students participated, with 26 students comprising the experimental group which viewed and read mass media materials, including "The Day After" and "Testament." The remainder of the students formed a control group. Subjects completed a pretest and posttest of 30 Likert-type questions about their attitudes toward nuclear related issues. Using the t-test with a statistical significance level of .05, it was determined that there was a significant difference between the pretest and posttest results of the experimental group, while there was no significant change for the control group. It is suggested that this change may be the result of having limited the study to women, who are oriented to care and response in their moral thinking, and to the steady presentation of nuclear war materials over a five week span. (Author/IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (Fort Worth, TX, April 26, 1985).