Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Media Construction of American Families: A Content Analysis of Images from Parents Magazine
by Baumer, Stephanie, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 60; 1600736
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research is to understand how American families are portrayed in magazine images. A content analysis of family images from Parents magazine over the course of a year (2010-2011) shows a majority of images consist solely of a White mother and one child. These single-parent families are oftentimes shown posing in front of a camera instead of playing with one another. The study concludes that American family images in Parents magazine do not mirror the United States Census Data in terms of size or racial makeup. The study also concludes that White families are over-represented and Hispanics and African American families are under-represented in the magazine.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mishra, Suman
Commitee: Kapatamoyo, Musonda, Yu, Jason
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Content analysis, Cultivation, Image, Magazine
Publication Number: 1600736
ISBN: 978-1-339-10314-3
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