Sarah E. Erickson

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  • Fields of Study
    • Media Psychology
    • Sexual Socialization
    • Fan Studies
    • Gender and the Media
  • About

    Sarah Erickson is broadly interested in adolescents and the media with a specific focus on sexual socialization and fan/media interactions. Her work has examined the role of exposure to media in acceptance of intimate partner and sexual violence and she has also sought to describe and quantify media contexts containing scripts related to sexual and intimate partner violence. Currently, she is working on several projects examining romantic parasocial relationships with media characters, the fan practices surrounding these relationships and the impact of parasocial romance on media influence and, ultimately, on scripts, schemas and normative beliefs about romantic and sexual relationships. Additional areas of interest include the importance of new media in youth culture and the role of media in the development, articulation and enactment of gender in children and adolescents.

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts, Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, 2007
  • Dissertation
    • Teenage Dreams: Adolescent Romantic Parasocial Attachments to Media Figures - Theory, Processes, and Effects
  • Chair
    • Sonya Dal Cin
  • Committee Members
    • Kris Harrison
    • Shazia Iftkhar
    • Monique Ward