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date: 11 July 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The journal Media Psychology debuted in 1999 as the first peer-reviewed academic publication in the United States dedicated to the intersection of psychology and communication research. Using abstracts (N = 242) and keywords (N = 5,276) we analyzed the focus of the first 12 years of publication. During this time, the journal was guided by the founding coeditors (1999–2005) and subsequent teams of editors in rotation (2006–2010). Output is traced overall and compared between the two editorship periods. Overall, television emerged as the focus of more articles than any other form of media, whereas technology, diversity, and political categories increased from the first to the second period. Young children received more attention than other age groups during all 12 years. Journal contributors indicated strong international scholarship. One particularly salient finding is that contributions from communication departments exceeded those from psychology departments. We recommend encouraging interdisciplinary work to reinforce the inaugural focus of Media Psychology.

Keywords: grounded theory, communication, content analysis, media, media psychology, psychology, SPSS

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