Publications

Dissertation Research

    Ph.D. Dissertation. (Advisor: Kristen Harrison). Exposure to sexual media and college students’ sexual risk-taking and sexual regret: A longitudinal study.
  • Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Awarded to one doctoral candidate campus-wide for excellence in dissertation project

Publications

    Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (in press). Female Body Image as a Function of Themes in Rap Music Videos: A Content Analysis. Sex Roles.

    Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (2009). Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity. Journal of Communication, 59, 262-278.  Top communication article of 2009 selected by the editor as having a wide appeal to JOC readers.

    Dixon, T., Zhang, Y., & Conrad, K. (2009). Self-esteem, Misogyny and Afrocentricity: An examination of the relationship between rap music consumption and African American Perceptions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 345-360.

    Conrad, K., Dixon, T. & Zhang, Y. (2009). Controversial rap themes, gender portrayals and skin tone distortion: A content analysis of rap music videos. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 53, 134-156.

    Zhang, Y., Miller, L., Harrison, K. (2008). The relationship between exposure to sexual music videos and young adults’ sexual attitudes. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 52, 368-386.

    Coe, K., Tewksbury, D., Bond, B., Drogos, K., Porter, R., Yahn, A., Zhang, Y. (2008). Hostile news: Partisan use and perceptions of cable television news programming. Journal of Communication, 58, 201-219.

    Williams, D., Ducheneaut, N., Xiong, L., Zhang, Y., Yee, N., & Nickell, E. (2006). From tree house to barracks: The social life of guilds in World of Warcraft. Games & Culture, 1(4), 338-361.

Conference Presentations

    Zhang, Y. (2009). Exposure to sexual music videos and risky sexual behavior among college students. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association 2009 convention, Chicago.

    Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (2008). Female Body Image as a Function of Themes in Rap Music Videos: A Content Analysis. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2008 convention, Montreal.

    Conrad, K., Dixon, T. & Zhang, Y. (2007). Self-esteem, Misogyny and Afrocentricity: An examination of how rap and R&B music videos influence African American self identity. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2007 Convention, Chicago.

    Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (2007). Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2007 Convention, Chicago.

    Conrad, K., Dixon, T. & Zhang, Y. (2007). Rap themes, gender differences and afrocentric features: A content analysis of rap music videos. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2007 convention, San Francisco.

    Zhang, Y., Miller, L., & Harrison, K. (2006). Effects of music videos containing sexual content on young adults’ sexual attitudes. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2006 Convention, San Antonio.

    Coe, K., Bond, B., Drogos, K., Porter, R., Yahn, A., Zhang, Y., & Tewksbury, D. (2006). Hostile news: Partisan perceptions of cable television news programming. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2006 Convention, San Antonio.

    Li, S., Zhang, Y., & Zhao, D. (2005). A longitudinal study: Does synchronous channel use affect the long-distance relationship? Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2005 convention, New York.

    Zhang, Y., & Li, S. (2004). Recall of advertisements as a function of mood-related advertisement-article congruity. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2004 Convention, Chicago.

    Zhang, Y., & Krcmar, M. (2004). Effects of television viewing of sexual content on behavioral intentions in priming and no-priming conditions: A cultivation analysis from a theory of reasoned action perspective. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2004 Convention, New Orleans.

    Zhang, Y. (2003). A test of mediating effects on parental support and adolescents’ academic performance. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2004 Convention, Miami.

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