Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Journalism and Mass Communications


College of Information and Communications

First Advisor

Andrea Tanner


This dissertation examines the effects of exposure to media content related to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its effect on support for the group. Using a survey of Muslim adults living in the United States (N = 396), this study sought to understand the influence of media exposure on identification, empathy and attitudes toward ISIS, and how they relate to behavioral intention to support the group. Using social cognitive theory as a theoretical framework, these relationships were assessed using mediation analyses to measure the relationships between variables. Findings indicate that identification, empathy, and attitudes are all significant predictors of behavioral intention. However, most are respondents are opposed to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s terrorism.


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