Media - SS3 - Psychology of Celebrity - Intense Fandom - RS into Celebrity Worship

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What 5 psychologists have carried out research into celeb worship?
Giles & Maltby, Maltby et al, Yue et al, Maltby et al and Gabriel
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Giles and Maltby reviewed the data of how many ppts?
1723
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Which 3 types of celeb worship were found?
Entertainment-social - find learning about fave celeb fun, intense-personal - strong para-social relationship with them, borderline-pathological - think celeb would be happy to see you if walked into room, willing to die for them
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What is good?
Large sample
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What is bad?
Culture bias - only UK ppts used
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Who did Maltby et al research?
372 ppl ages 18-47
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What % of ppts were at each celeb worship level?
15% entertainment social, 5% intense-personal, 2% borderline-pathological
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What does this suggest?
3 types of worship, but most people don't worship celebs
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What is good?
Large sample
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What is a problem?
Questionnaire used - social desirability bias
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What did Yue et al do?
Telephone survey with 833 Chinese teenagers
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What was idol worship associated with?
Lower levels or work, self-esteem and identity
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What does this suggest?
Celeb worship can have negative effects
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What is good?
Correlation was used = can get quantitative data
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What is an issue?
Cultural bias - only Chinese teenagers
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Who did Maltby et al study?
307 UK adults using CAS
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What did he assess?
Psychological well-being with GHQ
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A correlation was found between the EP sub-scale and what?
Social dysfunction, anxiety and depression
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A correlation was found between scores on the IP/BP sub-scale and what?
Anxiety and depression
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What does this suggest?
There is a link between celeb worship and poor psychological wellbeing
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What is good?
Large sample
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What is a problem?
Correlation = can't establish cause & effect
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How many ppts did Gabriel study?
348
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What were they given?
11 item self-esteem questionnaire
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What did they then do?
Write an essay about fave celeb
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What happened when answering the questionnaire again?
Self-esteem was higher
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What does this suggest?
Celeb worship increases self esteem
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Why is it better than Maltby?
Shows cause & effect of relationship
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What is a problem with sample?
Biased - only students used
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