First Advisor

Brianne Suldovsky

Term of Graduation

Summer 2021

Date of Publication

9-24-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication

Department

Communication

Language

English

DOI

10.15760/etd.7668

Physical Description

1 online resource (iii, 48 pages)

Abstract

This study draws on concepts from political and risk communication to inform our understanding of what motivates people to be politically active. Inspired by concerns that traditional models of participation do not perform as well among younger and more diverse populations (e.g. Bennett, 2008), alternate variables are considered including risk perceptions surrounding policy issues and political parties. Results show that established political variables such as political interest and civic duty remain strongly associated with participation, while offering support for several new variables of interest from the risk communication literature. In the present study, threat and efficacy perceptions explained additional variance in political participation when added to known predictors of participation.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/36454

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