The relationship between adolescents' news media use, interpersonal communication with parents and friends, and civic engagement.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to advance understanding of the
relationship between news media use and civic engagement among adolescents. The study
explored how interpersonal communication with parents and friends influenced the link
between news media use and civic engagement. Structural equation modeling was used to
evaluate cross-lagged panel models that tested the hypothesis that ... read morenews media use was
predictive of civic engagement (civic duty, civic efficacy, neighborhood social connection,
and civic participation) for youth in Grades 8, 9, and 10, via the mediation of
interpersonal communication about politics with parents and friends, respectively. The
proposed measurement and panel (autoregressive paths) models demonstrated an appropriate
fit to the data, establishing adequacy and consistency of measurement, as well as stability
of the latent constructs across Grades 8, 9, and 10; however, in general, the proposed
cross-wave structural paths related to the mediation hypothesis were not statistically
significant. The results, role of media use and interpersonal communication in promoting
civic engagement, and implications for future research and policy were
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisors: Richard Lerner, and Julie Dobrow.
Committee: Jonathan Zaff, and Franklin Gilliam.
Keywords: Developmental psychology, Communication, and Mass communication.read less