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Soap Opera Viewers and Relationship Beliefs: Two Studies of Relational Schemas

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- By: Steven Hoekstra(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:164
- Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (November 16, 2009)
- Bestsellers rank: 2
- Category: New, Used & Rental Textbooks
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Many individuals anecdotally express concern aboutwhether watching too many soap operas issomehow ?bad? for viewers. Does watching soaps causeviewers to have a distorted set of beliefs about andexpectations toward relationships in their everydaylives?This book contains a monograph of the author?sdoctoral dissertation, in which he explores thesocial cognition and relationship learning thatoccurs from soap operas. Do soap opera viewers holddifferent sets of beliefs about sex inrelationships? About conflict?About romance?About break-up?In the first study, Dr. Hoekstratests the existence of such beliefs in the contextof both relationships in general and in the contextof a viewer?s actual current relationship.In thesecond study, Dr. Hoekstra examines whether soapviewers have a different capacity for recognizing,remembering, and constructing hypotheticalrelationship plots with typical soap-opera sorts ofthemes.

Steven Hoekstra, Ph.D., teaches psychology at Kansas Wesleyan University. He earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Kansas State University. His research interests are eclectic, but include such things as media effects, interpersonal relationships, and self cognition.


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