Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Deborah Smith-Howel
The abuse of animals is an important social issue. Animals play a vital role in society, serving as companions and service animals for people. A qualitative content analysis was conducted to evaluate Midwest newspaper coverage of animal abuse in 1993, 1998, and 2002. The theories of social construction of reality, agenda setting, and priming were used to examine the effects of media coverage of animal abuse. Results showed that animal abuse has received increased coverage over the years.
Imbrock, Lara Jasmine, "Newspaper Coverage of Animal Abuse" (2003). Student Work. 2098.
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