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ERIC Number: ED311493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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"Causal" Communication: Media Portrayals and Public Attributions for Vietnam Veterans' Problems.
Griffin, Robert J.; Sen, Shaikat
A study of "causal" communication, the communication of attribution-related information, investigated the relationship of exposure to mass media (especially film) depictions of Vietnam veterans to perceived causes for the problems facing a number of Vietnam veterans. The study further extends attribution theory to social interaction and communication contexts. A sample survey of 355 adults (age 18 and over) in the Milwaukee metropolitan area was conducted by telephone in April 1988. A content analysis found some mass media and interpersonal communication relationships with internal and external attributions for Vietnam veterans' problems. Attributions for the cause of a problem do seem related to preferred solutions. It appears that interpersonal communication could be affecting attributions. Mass communication may also be affecting attributional schemata under certain circumstances. Results indicated the impact of experience on media relationships with attributions was more complex than anticipated. There may still be enough uncertainty about how to deal with the memory of the Vietnam War, and with its veterans, that even the more experienced might still be seeking attributions. (Four tables of data are included, and 41 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin (Milwaukee)