The effects of print news photographs of the casualties of war

Michael Pfau, Michel Haigh, Andeelynn Fifrick, Douglas Holl, Allison Tedesco, Jay Cope, David Nunnally, Amy Schiess, Donald Preston, Paul Roszkowski, Marlon Martin

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This investigation examined effect of news photographs of Iraq war casualties on reader emotional response and attitudes about U.S. military presence, and the impact of inoculation pretreatments. Three print news conditions were used: photographs with caption, photographs accompanied by full text, and text. Photographs plus caption elicited greater emotional response and reduced support for continued U.S. presence, although effect sizes were small. A second study revealed that inoculation treatments reduced the influence, but effects were limited to women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-168
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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