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The Development of Political Interest Among Adolescents: A Communication Mediation Approach Using Five Waves of Panel Data
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Youth & Society (YeS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8311-0982
2017 (English)In: Communication Research, ISSN 0093-6502, E-ISSN 1552-3810Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Political interest is one of the most important individual-level predictors of media use, public opinion formation and engagement. When, how and why some citizens develop a strong interest in politics is however less clear. This study analyzes the development of political interest during the formative years of adolescence, using a five-wave panel study among Swedish adolescents, covering a period of four years. Based on the citizen communication mediation model, we analyze how interest in political and current affairs news among family and friends influence adolescents’ political interest. Taken together, while the findings lend support for several of the hypotheses, mechanisms and processes derived from the communication mediation model – parents’ appear more important than peers when it comes to shaping adolescents’ political interest.

 

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Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
political interest, socialization, communication mediation, adolescents, news media use
National Category
Media and Communications Political Science
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies; Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57612DOI: 10.1177/0093650217714360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57612DiVA: diva2:1094325
Projects
Political Socialisation Program
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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