April Fiacco, Psy.D., is a 2020 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Kathi A. Borden, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Gina Pasquale, PsyD, Committee Member
  • Jessica Shepley, PsyD, Committee Member


adolescence, young adults, media, social media, television, peer influence, parent mediation, social learning theory, media effects, qualitative research

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This qualitative study looks at adolescents’ engagement with media and explores their perceptions of how media plays a role in their lives. For the purpose of this study, media includes watching television shows, watching and reading the news, and involvement in various types of social media. The influence of parents and peers is also explored to examine adolescents’ views of whether parent and peer opinions affect the types of media with which the adolescent participants choose to engage. The study used a semi structured interview to collect data with participants from a Massachusetts public high school. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis, which broke the data into various clusters and themes.


April Fiacco

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0002-0118-0109