Adolescents' views on celebrity worship: A Qualitative study

Ang, Chin Siang and Chan, Nee Nee * (2016) Adolescents' views on celebrity worship: A Qualitative study. Current Psychology. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1046 1310 (In Press)

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Abstract

A phenomenological study was conducted to explore the experiences of celebrity worshipers in Malaysia in order to identify the factors motivating celebrity worship, the meanings and impact gained from the worship experience. A purposive sample of 15 adolescents who identified themselves as celebrity worshipers, were interviewed. Thematic analysis revealed that 3 major factors influenced participants to become celebrity worshipers: celebrity products, personal characteristics of the celebrity, and peer influence. Also, the themes that emerged that described participants’ perceived impact of celebrity worship included emotional impact, development of strong self-determination and cultural awareness, and the enhancement of personal and social relationships. Generally, adolescents did not think there was a negative impact of their worship experiences. The study has revealed insights into how celebrities play an important role by inspiring young generation in positive ways.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent; celebrity worship; factors; impacts; qualitative
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Arts > Dept. Communication and Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 04:23
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 08:56
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/595

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