Theses and Projects
Recently Completed Theses and Projects
Mom, Dad, Let’s be (Facebook) Friends: Exploring Parent/Child Facebook Interaction from a Communication Privacy Management Perspective.By David Westermann, M.A. May 2011
As the use of Facebook continues to grow, individuals aged 35 and older represent the fastest growing demographic. Parents and children now have the opportunity to connect with each other through the website. However, research investigating parent/child Facebook interaction remains scarce. This thesis utilizes Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory to better understand young adults’ decisions regarding parental Facebook friend requests. Read more.
An Investigation of the Relationship between Predominant Moral Schema and the Construction of Forgiveness Messages.By Phillip R. Reed, M.A., August 2011
Much forgiveness work has been based on Enright's theory of developmental forgiveness, but the communication of forgiveness literature has hitherto not represented a true extension of that theory. In particular, changes in one's method of communicating forgiveness across the span of moral development have been ignored. The purpose of this study is to link the forgiveness literature in communication to this theory by exploring these very changes and the forgiveness messages associated with them. Read more.
National Print and Electronic News Coverage of Self Management Behaviors and Efficacy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.By Jason R. Sabo, M.A., August 2011
This study addressed the question: “How do news media portray the self-management behaviors for type 2 diabetes mellitus?” Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Disease rates are increasing despite the potential for preventing and delaying disease progression via lifestyle intervention and self-management. This chronic disease has reached epidemic proportions in terms of both diagnosed cases and financial costs. Read more.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Effect of Love Styles on the Motives for and Perceptions of Online Romantic Relationships
By Molly B. Taggart, M.A. December 2011
From a uses and gratifications perspective, this research project investigated the effects of love styles on motives for using the Internet to create new romantic relationships as well as on perceptions of online romantic relationships. Information about participants’ demographics, Internet use, and background experiences with romantic relationships was also collected in an effort to further characterize members of the sample. Read more.
Assessment of Embedding Peer Tutors in the Basic Communication Course: Examining Student Engagement, Classroom Climate, Affective Learning, and Communication Competence.
By Kathryn B. Golsan, M.A., May 2012
Recent instructional research has suggested that students have expressed their need to be actively and emotionally engaged in the classroom. Student engagement decreases student attrition and increases student retention. Instructors who promote positive communication and facilitate relationship developments in the classroom influence positive classroom climates, which helps satisfy the social and emotional needs of students. Read more.
Mediated Sexuality and Teen Pregnancy: Exploring ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’.
Nicole D. Reamer, M.A., August 2012
This thesis utilizes quantitative content analysis to explore themes of teenage sexuality, sexual experimentation, and pregnancy in the ABC Family television program, the Secret Life of the American Teenager (Secret Life). The program, Secret Life, follows the events surrounding the life of a 15-year old girl who discovers she is pregnant just before her first year of high school. The project was guided by previous media research that has utilized Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory and Gerbner’s Cultivation Theory to explore the role of mediated portrayals in the lives of viewers. Read more.
Television Consumption and Empathy: A Connection?
By Lindsay Hahn, M.A., May 2013
No longer are village elders and literature the only sources of stories that compel consumers to become emotionally and cognitively involved with fictional characters. Rather, technologies such as television, Netflix, and digital video recording allow media consumers to not only become involved with mediated characters, but even feel empathy with them. Coupled with a media-heavy culture, submersing oneself in emotion-inducing narratives may bode well for consumers’ entertainment. However, constant connections to characters may inhibit viewers’ empathic capabilities toward other human beings by way of desensitization. Read more.
Weibo Addiction in China: An Examination of the Relationships among Expected Outcomes, Weibo Usage,Deficient Self-regulation, and Weibo Addiction
By Kun Xu
Weibo is a type of social network service in China. This study focuses on Weibo addiction in China and investigates the relationships among expected outcomes of Weibo use, deficient self-regulation, Weibo usage and Weibo addiction. Social cognitive theory was applied as the guiding theoretical framework in the current study. Participants from a public university in China were asked to fill out the measures. Read more.