Television viewing and ethnic stereotypes: Do college students form stereotypical perceptions of ethnic groups as a result of heavy television consumption?

Moon J. Lee, Shannon L. Bichard, Meagan S. Irey, Heather M. Walt, Alana J. Carlson

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Abstract

This study investigated television viewing patterns of college students and their subsequent perceptions of ethnic minority groups in the United States. A brief version of the Big-Five Personality Traits instrument was used to obtain respondents' opinions of five different ethnic groups. Significant differences in stereotypes held were identified based on the amount of television viewing and amount of exposure to specific television genres. The results suggest that many heavy television viewers hold ethnic stereotypes; they also suggest a need for increased media critique and consumer education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-110
Number of pages16
JournalHoward Journal of Communications
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • College students
  • Cultivation theory
  • Ethnicity
  • Personality traits
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Stereotypes
  • Television viewing

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