Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Sherer

Second Advisor

Dr.Marshall Prisbell

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas Paterson


This study focused on why a small segment of babyboomer women were fans of the Backstreet Boys. Current literature uses both male and female adolescents as their sample when studying music fandom. There are a few studies using both male and female college students when studying music fandom. This study focused solely on a certain group of baby boomer women as music fans. The reasons for this group of baby boomer women being fans of the Backstreet Boys corresponded with the three main reasons as most fans. Those reasons fall under three broad headings: emotional, cognitive and social. The age of the participants broadened the scope and added new meaning to some of the reasons for music fandom.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Catherine A. Woells May, 2003

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