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Author: Eschholz, Sarah; Blackwell, Brenda Sims; Gertz, Marc; Chiricos, Ted
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CMCH Synopsis: This study investigated whether watching law enforcement reality shows (COPS, America's Most Wanted, etc.) impacted participants' attitudes toward real law enforcement officers, and whether these attitudes differed by race. Watching reality police shows increased confidence in police among Whites, but not Blacks; watching television news programs increased confidence in the police among both black and white viewers. Males and females also responded differently to reality police shows; watching them made males feel more confident in the police, while females felt less confidence in law enforcement. Overall, watching reality police shows improved attitudes toward police among Whites, males, and those with no college education. Center on Media and Child Health
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Year: 2002
Article Title: Race and attitudes toward the police: Assessing the effects of watching "reality" police programs
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice
Volume: 30
Issue: 4
Pages: 327-341
ISSN: 0047-2352
Source of Funding: Funding Source Not Stated in Paper
Study Design: Correlational Study
Publication Type: Journal Article
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Age Group: Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Keywords: Adult Attitudes
Adults
African Americans
Caucasians
Communications
Crime (Media Content)
Criminal Justice
Cultivation Theory
Demographics
Gender Differences
Media Bias
Media Diet
News Media
Perception
Police
Race Relations
Racial Differences
Reality Television
Stereotypes (Media Content)
Television
Television Programs

 

 

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