Bradley Bond, PhD Wins Top Dissertation Award

Bradley Bond, Ph.D., wins top dissertation award

The Children, Adolescents, and Media Division of the International Communication Association has awarded the 2013 Top Dissertation Award to Dr. Bradley J. Bond for his dissertation, “Sexuality in the Media and Emotional Well-Being Among Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Adolescents.” The award recognizes a scholar who conducted dissertation research of the highest scholarly caliber within the last two years that also has the potential to make an impact in the communication studies sub-discipline examining the role of media in the socialization of children and adolescents.

Bond analyzed the television programs, films, magazines, and musical lyrics that are most popular with adolescent audiences for depictions of sex and sexuality before conducting a nationally representative online survey of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth to examine the influence of media exposure on the identity development and emotional health of LGB teens. The studies that compose the dissertation are among the first to find a positive relationship between exposure to LGB depictions in the media and emotional well-being among LGB youth. A portion of the dissertation is currently in-press at the refereed journal Mass Communication & Society.

The international award will be presented to Bond at the International Communication Association annual conference in London, June 2013. Bond’s Ph.D. was completed at the University of Illinois (’11) before serving as a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgetown University. He joined the faculty of the Communication Studies department in 2012.


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