Title

Causal Communication: Movie Portrayals and Audience Attributions for Vietnam Veterans' Problems

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

14 p.

Publication Date

Fall 1995

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Source ISSN

1077-6990

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/107769909507200303

Abstract

This study applies attribution theory to field research into communication and public perceptions of a social group. In particular, audience viewing of various popular Vietnam War films related to attributions audiences made for readjustment problems facing some Vietnam veterans, which in turn related to public opinion about government assistance to Vietnam veterans. Results also suggest that mass media might play a role in the social definition of the meaning of the Vietnam War as the United States comes to closure on that episode in history.

Comments

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 72, No. 3 (Autumn 1995): 511-524. DOI.