This series contains dissertations from the Annenberg School for Communication. For more information about University of Pennsylvania dissertation requirements and guidelines, please consult the dissertation manual.

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Submissions from 2008

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Self-disclosure in online support groups: The patterns of disclosure and their potential health benefits for women with breast cancer, Minsun Shim

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Deliberation and the disempowered: Attendance, experience and influence, Weiyu Zhang

Submissions from 2007

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Choice under conditions of abundance: The behavior of television audiences, Jatin Atul Atre

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The guilty pleasure of watching like Big Brother: Privacy attitudes, voyeurism and reality programs, Lemi Baruh

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The relationship between children's knowledge of persuasive intent and persuasion: The case of televised food marketing, Ariel Chernin

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Explaining the boomerang effects of the National Youth Anti -Drug Media Campaign, Lela S Jacobsohn

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The effects of smoking cues in anti -smoking public service announcements on smoking urge, message processing and intention to quit smoking, Yahui Kang

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Effects of benefit-target framing on intentions to engage in avian flu vaccination and other health behaviors, Bridget J Kelly

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The (not-so) "powerless elite" celebrity endorsements of political candidates, Kelli E Lammie

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Media performance and global policy making: A comparative study of press coverage on global warming, Zhan Li

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Ties out of bloodshed: Collective memory, cultural trauma, and the prosecution and execution of Timothy McVeigh, Jody Lynee Madeira

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Irreconcilable differences: An analysis of television's difficult marriage with journalism as seen through the role of its anchors, 1950--2006, Kimberly Meltzer

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Two presidential candidates walk into a bar. Late -night political humor: Cognitive processes, political consequences and normative implications, Dannagal Goldthwaite Young

Submissions from 2006

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Learning political information from the news: A closer look at the role of motivation, Clarissa David

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Investigating TV viewing and overweight in pre-adolescent and adolescent girls, Vani R Henderson

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Blood and ballots: Military voting and political communication in the Union Army during the United States Civil War, 1861--1865, Jennifer Ruth Horner

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The gender gap in political knowledge: Do women know less than men about politics?, Kate Kenski

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As heard on TV: A critical cultural analysis of popular music in advertising, Bethany Klein

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Managing gender in online spaces: Gender role flexibility and women's Internet job searches, Rosa Mikeal Martey

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The effect of Internet use on social network heterogeneity and civic culture: Trust, tolerance, and participation, Eun-Kyung Na

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Contingent effects of cancer news coverage on sought and scanned information exposure, Jeffrey David Niederdeppe

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Race on reality TV: How the genre mediates textual construction and audience reading of race, Ji Hoon Park

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Selective exposure to partisan information, Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud

Submissions from 2005

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Is being there necessary? Deriving community identity in Haines, Alaska, Amy C Branner

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The legitimization of knowledge in discourse about genetically modified food, Tina Andersen Huey

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Life -writing of Alzheimer's disease and quadriplegia: On the cusp of the illness chaos story, Andrea T Wagner

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Ambivalence in adolescents' attitudes toward marijuana use: Its influence on intention, behavior, and the processing of anti -drug messages, Xiaoquan Zhao

Submissions from 2004

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Explanatory paths, therapeutic directions, conversational destinations: Accountability and authority in therapeutic interaction, Mariaelena Bartesaghi

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The intersection of privacy concern and trust: Beliefs of privacy orientation groups, Nancy Lee Duda

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Confidential to America: Newspaper advice columns and sexual education, David Gudelunas

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Israeli journalists as an interpretive memory community: The case study of "Haolam Hazeh", Oren Meyers

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What we think others think: A motivated reasoning model of public opinion perception and expression, Lilach Nir

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A longitudinal model of social amplification of commercial aviation risks: Exploring U.S. news media attention to fatal accidents and media effects on air travel behavior, 1978--2001, Anca Romantan

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Selling democracy: The U.S. Information Agency's portrayal of American race relations, 1953--1976, Melinda M Schwenk-Borrell

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Monsters and angels: A comparison of broadsheet and tabloid press coverage of child murders from the US and UK, 1930--2000, Claire Wardle

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Greeting cards: Individuality and authenticity in mass culture, Emily West

Submissions from 2002

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Mass media and memory traces: Multilevel explanation of encoded exposure to television content, Brian Glen Southwell

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The consequences of mistrust in the news media: Media skepticism as a moderator in media effects and as a factor influencing news media exposure, Yariv Tsfati

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Cure without communication: Self -help books and popular notions of self and communication, 1860--2000, Margaret Louise Woodstock

Submissions from 2001

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Evaluations and emotion: Influencing public health policy preferences via facial affect, Courtney Anne Bennett

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Women, press, and the presidency, Erika A Falk

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Documenting death: Photojournalism and spectacles of the morbid in the tabloid and elite newspaper, Jessica Morgan Fishman

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Factors shaping the effects of visual media texts on viewer understandings, Alice Elizabeth Hall

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Attack, pain, and danger in group life: "Thrown to the wolves", Marc L Ostfield

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Putting the world on the couch: Cultural authority as a dimension of mid -20th century popular psychiatry and psychoanalysis, David Park

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Visual representation and the prediction of emotion, Susan Andrea Sherr-Pollard

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As time goes by: Ritualized remembering through wedding photography, Michele M Strano

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A longitudinal analysis of the effects of news media messages on health behaviors, Jo Ellen Stryker

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For to all those who have, more will be given: The Matthew effect, nonprofit organizations, and the adoption of Internet technologies, Eric Albert Zimmer

Submissions from 2000

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Alcohol advertising over the public airwaves: A study of radio station managers' clearance of alcohol-related advertisements, A. Joseph Borrell

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May the best history win: Documentary production and the politics of historical representation amidst the downsizing of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nicole Marie Keating

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Information environment, cognitive appraisal, and discrete emotions in citizens' political evaluation and behavior: The 1996 U.S. presidential campaigns, GangHeong Lee

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Do friends matter? The role of peer influence on adolescent risk behavior, Kimberly Ann Maxwell

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Mediating opera for America: Magazine biographies, opera singers and national identity, Marsha Siefert

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Constructing the cable television market in Latin America: A structurational approach to organizational knowledge in U.S. cable networks, John Lawrence Sullivan

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Deliberation in practice: Deliberative theory, news media, and political conversation, Paul Avi Waldman

Submissions from 1998

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Subtle manifestations of prejudice: Implicit visual constructions of black pathology, Linus Kodwo Abraham

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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News As a Political Resource? A Case Study of the Media Strategies and Media Representation of the National Organization for Women, 1966-1980., Bernadette Barker-Plummer

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Good neighbors: The social negotiation of place, Rona Jane Buchalter

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The role of private philanthropic foundations in communications policy making. Defining the `public interest': The Ford and Markle foundations' influence on policy making at the Federal Communications Commission, Katharina Kopp

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``Speakers for the dead'' and the social construction of medicolegal deathwork, Ramona M Lyons

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Behavioral planning and the cognitive antecedents to behavior: An experiment over the Internet concerning physical activity, Andrew Martin Maxfield

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Communities Through the Lens: Grassroots Video in Philadelphia as Alternative Communicative Practice, Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Political Orientations and the Influences of Cohort Membership and Time: Patterns of Change in Tolerance, Confidence, and the Strength of Party Affiliation, Chien Joanna Lei-Lee

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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How Brand Names Brand Societies: A Comparative Study of Brand Names Registered in Selected English-Speaking Countries 1870-1980, Charles Augustus McClure

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Conversation About Aids and the Media Environment in Thailand: Mass Media Roles in Context Building and Content Providing for Interpersonal Discourse, Yoshimi Nishino

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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Homeless and Hopeless: Resignation in News Media Constructions of Homelessness as a Social Problem, Bernadette R. McNulty

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The Corporate Closet Managing Gay Identity on the Job, James D. Woods

Theses/Dissertations from 1990

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Cinematic Competence and Directorial Persona in Film School: A Study of Socialization and Cultural Production, Lisa Helen Henderson

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Of Us and Other "Things": The Content and Functions of Talk by Adult Visitor Pairs in an Art and a History Museum, Lois Helayne Silverman

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"Covering the Body": The Kennedy Assassination and the Establishment of Journalistic Authority, Barbie Zelizer

Theses/Dissertations from 1987

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Power, Pain, and Pleasure in Pornography: A Content Analysis of Pornographic Feature Films, 1972-1985, Stephen Robert Prince

Theses/Dissertations from 1985

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The 700 Club as Religion and as Television: A Study of Reasons and Effects, Stewart Hoover

Theses/Dissertations from 1979

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Communication, Social Organization and the Redefinition of Death A Case Study in the Institutionalization of an Idea, Leslie Ann Rado

Theses/Dissertations from 1977

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Learning About Crime: Conceptions of Crime and Law Enforcement as They Relate to Use of Television and Other Information Sources, Susan Schwartz McDonald

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The Relationship Between Daytime Serials and Their Viewers, Sari T. Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 1976

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Client Relationship and Mass Media Policy: A Comparative Case Study of Mass Market and Library Market Production And Distribution In Children's Book Publishing, Joseph Turow

Theses/Dissertations from 1974

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Children's Susceptibility to Television Advertising: A Behavioral Test of Cognition and Attitude, John R. Rossiter

Theses/Dissertations from 1973

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Social Implications of Adult Literacy: A Study Among Migrant Wohen in Peru, Heli Ennis de Sagasti

Theses/Dissertations from 1972

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Genetic and Sociocultural Influence on Language Development, Lynn Harding Waterhouse

Theses/Dissertations from 1969

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Emotional Arousal as a Factor in Communication-Mediated Aggressive Behavior, Dolf Zillmann