Event Title

How Do Family Background and Self-Esteem Affect an Individual's Perception of Gender-Role Portrayal in Online Advertisements?

Poster Number

29

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Aimee Meader

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Mass Communication

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

22-4-2016 2:15 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 4:15 PM

Description

The purpose of this study is to understand the relationship of family background and how it affects self-esteem and the perception of gender roles in online imagery. This study focuses on how our history serves as a lens to see gender roles. Schema Theory, created by Robert Axelrod, is a model suggesting that people have a “pre-existing assumption about the way the world is organized.” Furthering this theory is Bem’s Gender Schema Theory, which proposes that one’s sexual self-concept affects how one structures items in memory. These theories, applied to the understood roles and activities that we see our parents perform, should relate to how we see people in the media take on certain roles and activities in online advertisements. The method for collecting data is a survey broken down into questions of demographics, family history, self-esteem, and ten randomized advertisements portraying traditional, decorative, and non-traditional gender roles for both men and women. If we can begin to understand the relationship between family background and advertisement effectiveness, then advertisers can see the real cultural values and changing gender-role identities in consumers.

Previously Presented/Performed?

SAEOPP McNair/SSS Scholars Research Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2015

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McNair Scholar

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How Do Family Background and Self-Esteem Affect an Individual's Perception of Gender-Role Portrayal in Online Advertisements?

Richardson Ballroom

The purpose of this study is to understand the relationship of family background and how it affects self-esteem and the perception of gender roles in online imagery. This study focuses on how our history serves as a lens to see gender roles. Schema Theory, created by Robert Axelrod, is a model suggesting that people have a “pre-existing assumption about the way the world is organized.” Furthering this theory is Bem’s Gender Schema Theory, which proposes that one’s sexual self-concept affects how one structures items in memory. These theories, applied to the understood roles and activities that we see our parents perform, should relate to how we see people in the media take on certain roles and activities in online advertisements. The method for collecting data is a survey broken down into questions of demographics, family history, self-esteem, and ten randomized advertisements portraying traditional, decorative, and non-traditional gender roles for both men and women. If we can begin to understand the relationship between family background and advertisement effectiveness, then advertisers can see the real cultural values and changing gender-role identities in consumers.