Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Title

Support for censorship: A multi-level meta-analysis of the third-person effect

Language

English

Abstract

However robust the conceptual and operational definitions of the perceptual component of the third-person effect are, evidence for claims on the behavioral dimension of the theory (i.e., support for restrictions of undesirable messages) is mixed. Are variations in research findings real or simply methodological artifacts? Through a meta-analysis of 35 empirical studies, we addressed this and other major issues with a rigorous multilevel modeling approach. We found that the third-person effect size was on the whole rather weak. Analyses showed that country of study plays an important role in moderating the effect. Implications for theory development were discussed. © 2012 Copyright Western States Communication Association.

Keywords

Censorship, Meta-Analysis, Support, Third-Person Effect

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Communication Reports

Volume

25

Issue

1

Start Page

40

End Page

50

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/08934215.2012.661019

ISSN (print)

08934215

ISSN (electronic)

17451043

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