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News consumption patterns among Dutch and German college students with regard to their intended political behavior : a comparative nationality study of gender differences

Jurgens, C. (2008) News consumption patterns among Dutch and German college students with regard to their intended political behavior : a comparative nationality study of gender differences.

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Abstract:The present research proposes a theory about the relationship between media news exposure and intended political participation based on the theory of planned behavior by Ajzen (1988). The main goal was to detect the causes of decreased political participation in Western societies and men’s higher political participation compared to women. This study examined the role of news consumption patterns through communication in the context of predicting intended political participation among Dutch and German college students. Two kinds of communication, interpersonal and through media were studied separately. An analysis of survey data (N = 104) showed no strong moderator role of the favorite media news source (Television, Newspapers, Internet). A significant medial influence of the two interpersonal communication variables, community integration and reflective integration on the relationship between media news exposure and political participation, could be demonstrated. The generally assumed gender difference in political participation could not be confirmed in this study. As a moderator variable, gender showed a significant effect on the relationship between media news exposure and political participation. To draw a comparison, this gender difference is greater among Dutch students than German students
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59627
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