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THE PORTRAYAL OF TEEN PREGNANCY IN THE TV SERIES "THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER"

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2011
Abstract/Description:
The aim of the current study was to investigate the way teen pregnancy is portrayed in Seasons 1 and 2 of the television drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Framing theory and social cognitive theory were used as guiding frameworks for exploring the way the main character's pregnancy was presented and the way this presentation may influence the ideas and behaviors of viewers. A qualitative content analysis was conducted to examine portrayals in the first 23 episodes. Results indicated that teen pregnancy was portrayed in five major ways: as Dramatic, as Identity, as Manageable, as Transformative, and as Serious. Overall, the findings suggest that teen pregnancy was presented in ways that encourage viewers to perceive this issue as positive and negative, with clearly positive outcomes.
Title: THE PORTRAYAL OF TEEN PREGNANCY IN THE TV SERIES "THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER".
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Name(s): Lovell, Erin, Author
DeLorme, Denise, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The aim of the current study was to investigate the way teen pregnancy is portrayed in Seasons 1 and 2 of the television drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Framing theory and social cognitive theory were used as guiding frameworks for exploring the way the main character's pregnancy was presented and the way this presentation may influence the ideas and behaviors of viewers. A qualitative content analysis was conducted to examine portrayals in the first 23 episodes. Results indicated that teen pregnancy was portrayed in five major ways: as Dramatic, as Identity, as Manageable, as Transformative, and as Serious. Overall, the findings suggest that teen pregnancy was presented in ways that encourage viewers to perceive this issue as positive and negative, with clearly positive outcomes.
Identifier: CFE0003691 (IID), ucf:48806 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Nicholson School of Communication
Masters
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Subject(s): teen pregnancy
television
media
framing theory
social cognitive theory
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003691
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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