Date of Award

Summer 7-16-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Media Studies


Liebler, Carol M.


children, domestic violence, music video

Subject Categories

Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This study explored children's representations in music videos that address domestic violence, aiming not only to reveal how these videos represent the adverse impacts of exposure to domestic violence on children, but also to examine factors such as gender and the social context in relation to these representations. This thesis further assesses the potential of this medium to raise social awareness around this issue. Textual analysis was applied to examine children's behaviors and coping strategies in sampled music videos from the United States, specifically analyzing the scenes, sounds, storylines, production background, etc. to explore how these presentations differ from the reality. The findings include four themes manifested in the music videos, suggesting that children's resilience and agency remains underrepresented as well as the race and gender of children in domestic violence music videos.


Open Access

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Communication Commons



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