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dc.contributor.authorLiu, Helen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-14T15:52:15Z
dc.date.available2018-09-14T15:52:15Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/13663
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated adolescents’ perception and attitudes towards gender representation in video game covers, and the degree to which these depictions may influence their notions on gender and identification. Seventeen participants ranging from ages 12 and 13 from an independent boarding and day school in Ontario participated in semi-structured interviews to explore this topic. Data were analyzed using a qualitative approach. The study’s conceptual framework encompassed social cognitive theory, gender schema theory, and cultivation theory. Findings suggest that gender representation in video games does influence the majority of participants’ notions of gender; however, there are differences between how males and females approach, interpret, and respond to this type of media. Findings also showcased that evidence of implicit bias was detected in both male and female participants, demonstrated through inconsistencies in their responses. Finally, the findings revealed a significant lack of identification from the majority of participants with video game characters, as many participants were able to clearly distinguish between simulated and real-life experiences. Through this investigation, the present study aimed to precipitate awareness and to provide better understanding about gender and identity in relation to video game playing.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectvideo gamesen_US
dc.subjectadolescentsen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectidentificationen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectearly adolescentsen_US
dc.titleEarly Adolescents' Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Gender Representations in Video Gamesen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Educationen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Educationen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Educationen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-08-05T01:52:40Z


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