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A Study on the Safety Consciousness of Female College Students Through the Third-Person Effect: Jeju Guest House Murder

Song Young-Min 1 강준수 2

1안양대학교
2안양대

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper was to examine the safety awareness of female college students through the third-person effect. Safety means that there is no real fear that a person might be put in a dangerous situation. Third-person effect theory is that a person who is exposed to a negative event or content in the media recognizes that others might be affected more than he or she is. In other words, the third-person effect is mainly related to negative content, such as suggestive, violent, and/or negative reporting. This study conducted interviews on the recent murder of a female college student at a Jeju guest house to identify the link between the media reports and the third-person effect, specifically around Hongik University. According to the results of the interview, the effect of the media reports was revealed by the expansion of a sense of safety at tourist attractions. Also, this study derived social distance, frequency of exposure to media reports, and attitude toward inmates as factors that constitute third-person effect. The implications of this study help explain the influence of media reports on sex crimes as related to the third-person effect.

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