Beliefs About Science and News Frames in Audience Evaluations of Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research

TitleBeliefs About Science and News Frames in Audience Evaluations of Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsStewart, CO, Dickerson, DL, Hotchkiss, R
JournalScience Communication
Volume30
Issue4
Pagination427-452
Date Published2009
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsAttitudes , beliefs , ethics , humanities , news , QUANTITATIVE , RELIGION , SCIENCE , SOCIAL , STEM
AbstractThis study investigates the influence of demographic variables, beliefs about science, and news frames on ratings of ethics, credibility, and usefulness of embryonic and adult stem cell research. Framing affected only ratings of ethics, in interaction with type of stem cell, with a large difference between embryonic and adult stem cells in a political conflict frame and no difference in a scientific progress frame. Belief that science is neutral with respect to religion and morality was positively associated with ethics and usefulness ratings for embryonic research; frequency of religious attendance was positively associated with ethics, credibility, and usefulness ratings for adult research only. Humanities and social science majors tended to rate both the embryonic and adult research as more credible, as did participants with higher self-reported science interest and exposure. Quantitative analyses are supplemented with qualitative interview data. 
NotesStewart, Craig O. 1; Email Address: cstewart@odu.edu Dickerson, Daniel L. 1 Hotchkiss, Rose 1; Affiliation: 1: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; Source Info: Jun2009, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p427; Subject Term: SCIENCE & ethics; Subject Term: STEM cells; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: RELIGION & ethics; Subject Term: SOCIAL sciences; Subject Term: RELIGION & science; Subject Term: RELIGION; Subject Term: HUMANITIES; Subject Term: QUANTITATIVE research; Author-Supplied Keyword: attitudes; Author-Supplied Keyword: beliefs; Author-Supplied Keyword: news frames; Author-Supplied Keyword: stem cells; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities; Number of Pages: 26p; Illustrations: 1 Chart, 1 Graph; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1177/1075547008326931

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