Adolescent Perception of Moral Communication Sources
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication
This thesis explores effectiveness of moral communication sources in intergenerational transmission of morality. Survey data from 362 adolescent participants are used to measure adolescent perception in source awareness, source importance and source value in both mediated and non-mediated moral communication. Association with source perception is explored with demographics, media usage, moral development, and belief systems. Findings are that source perception changes in awareness, importance, and value subject to the topic of moral content; and, further, that when deliberating moral issues, adolescents listen most to non-mediated sources with whom they have a trusted relationship, and with whom they share beliefs. While adolescents report high awareness for media messages in sexuality and violence, most adolescents do not perceive media messages to be important or valuable for moral decision making.
moral communication, moral education, moral development, communication, mediated communication
© Kate Yurka Spangler
Spangler, Kate Yurka, "Adolescent Perception of Moral Communication Sources" (2007). MSU Graduate Theses. 1041.